"Race For The White House" Exhibit Opens At Baylor's W.R. Poage Legislative Library

  • Race for the White House Exhibit Eisenhower
    I Like Ike: Race for the White House Exhibit at Baylor's Poage Library features presidential campaign materials, such as campaign buttons from throughout the years.
  • Race for the White House Exhibit Humphrey
    Hubert Horatio Humphrey: Race for the White House Exhibit at Baylor's Poage Library features presidential campaign materials, such as campaign buttons from throughout the years.
  • Race for the White House Exhibit
    Reagan/Bush '84: Race for the White House Exhibit at Baylor's Poage Library features presidential campaign materials, such as campaign buttons from throughout the years.
  • Race for the White House Exhibit LBJ
    LBJ for the USA: Race for the White House Exhibit at Baylor's Poage Library features presidential campaign materials, such as campaign buttons from throughout the years.
Sept. 20, 2012

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Exhibit includes past presidential campaign materials from buttons to bumper stickers and other "unusual" items

WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2012) - Presidential campaigns of the past come to the forefront again as Baylor University's W.R. Poage Legislative Library opens "Race for the White House," a fascinating exhibit of past presidential campaign materials ranging from campaign buttons to intriguing 3-D materials.

Featured items represent many of America's most famous presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, as well as campaign materials from many presidential hopefuls, such as William Jennings Bryan, Thomas Dewey, Adlai Stevenson and Barry Goldwater.

The items on display show how the different candidates used colors, slogans and themes to rally their supporters. The materials vary from items as common as posters and bumper stickers to the unusual ones, such as a gold button of a bug for President William McKinley and Russian nesting dolls with images of the Bush and Clinton families.

The exhibit will run from now until November 2012 in the W.R. Poage Exhibit Hall, which is located on the first floor of Poage Library for Graduate Studies and Research between Moody and Jones libraries on the Baylor campus.

The materials featured in the exhibit came to the library from several donors. The bulk is from Dr. Bob Platt, a collector of political materials since the 1930s. The Poage Library was able to acquire the materials from Platt through a generous donation from the John and JD Dowdy Foundation. The materials from Platt now make up the Platt Dowdy Presidential Campaign Collection in the library.

The W.R. Poage Legislative Library was opened in 1979 and is home to Baylor University's collection of political materials. It houses the papers of 12 of the U.S. Congressmen who have served McLennan County, as well as the papers of former Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. Poage Library is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be open for Baylor Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Ben Rogers, director of Poage Library, at (254) 710-3540 or Ben_Rogers@baylor.edu or visit Poage Library online at www.baylor.edu/lib/poage.

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