Presidential campaign exhibit opens at South Florida Museum in Bradenton

wtatangelo@bradenton.comAugust 23, 2012 

While the Republican National Convention heats up in Tampa next week, vintage and rare presidential campaign materials will be on display at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.

The new exhibit is titled "Vote For Me! Vote For Me!"

A special exhibition reception will be held on 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30.

The cost for the reception is free to museum members and $10 for nonmembers.

The exhibit runs Tuesday through Nov. 25.

The collection, on loan from a local Sarasota County collector, starts with George Washington and traces the history of presidential races from the creation of the office in 1789 to the present day.

Presidential candidates have solicited votes using scarves, hats, buttons, razors, posters, dolls, pipes and more.

This method of "campaigning" is documented through the historical artifacts included in the exhibition with more than 200 examples of American presidential campaign materials spanning the past 56 presidential races.

Some colorful slogans to be included range from the election of 1852 zinger "We Polked you in 1844; We'll Pierce you in 1852" to the 1988 dig: "Bush reminds every woman of her first husband."

Details: Aug. 28-through Nov. 25, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Admission: $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and older) and $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 941-746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.

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