Vintage campaign buttons featured in Pa. exhibit

November 15, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, PA. - A new exhibit of presidential campaign memorabilia went on display Sunday at the Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle. The exhibit joins the museum's usual displays of items of local historical interest.

The numerous vintage campaign buttons include ones that read, "I Like Ike," "Carter Mondale '76," "McGovern Shriver '72," "Willkie McNary" and a large one that simply says "TAFT."

Bonnie Shockey, director of the museum, said one of the collections on loan to the museum originally belonged to the late Mary Ann Murray of Emporium, Pa. Her granddaughter, Aime Delaway Olivo, grew up in Chambersburg, Pa., and loaned the collection to the museum. Other items are from a friend of the museum who wishes to remain anonymous.


The centerpiece of the exhibit is an olive green banner made for the 1840 presidential election by George W. Ziegler, a prominent Greencastle businessman and member of the Whig Party, Shockey said.

One side reads, "Harrison & Tyler, Reform & Retrenchment." The opposite side says, "Pennsylvania is Firm for Old Tippecanoe."

The banner, made of two pieces of polished cotton with the letters of the slogan glued to it, probably was hung somewhere in the Greencastle area to promote the campaign of William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Tyler, Shockey said. It was a gift to the museum from Ziegler's great-granddaughter, Anne Ziegler Nicodemus, and her husband, David Nicodemus.

The banner is in such good condition for its age that Shockey believes it was folded and stored in a chest until it was given to the museum a few years ago.

On display in one of the upstairs bedrooms is an album of autographed photos of political figures. The album is on loan from P. Sean Guy of Greencastle.

The book originally belonged to Guy's mother. Mamie Eisenhower, Harry and Bess Truman, Richard and Pat Nixon and children, Judy and Spiro Agnew, Wilbur Mills, Milton Shapp, Ronald Reagan, Lester Maddox and many other prominent people are included in the album.

The museum, at 365 S. Ridge Ave. in Greencastle, will be open Thursday, Nov. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.

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