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U.S. Presidents’ Display

Since the month of February is Presidents’ month, the Mercer County Historical Society has developed a display on the U.S. Presidency. The display features items from the collection of the Society and the collection of the Lark Family of West Middlesex.
Some of the highlights of the display are documents signed by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and John F. Kennedy. Also featured in the display are campaign buttons of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt in 1900 to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012. Additionally, there are portraits of Presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama.
A special feature of the display is a painting by Andrew Thomas titled “Grand Old Gang” which shows Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. A similar portrait by the same artist titled “True Blues” shows Presidents Andrew Jackson, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. Each of these two portraits is of eight Democrat and eight Republican Presidents playing a mythical game of cards.
There is also a special display on Kansas Governor Alfred M. Landon who was the 1936 Republican candidate for President. Landon was nominated at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, and started his campaign in West Middlesex because he was born at the Methodist parsonage in West Middlesex in 1887. His campaign appearance which drew 100,000 people is still the single largest event in the history of Mercer County!
The display on the U.S. Presidents will remain in place in the Lobby of the Anderson House for public viewing through the end of March. The Mercer County Historical Society is located at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA, which is across the street from the Mercer County Courthouse, and it is open from 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Tuesday through Friday and from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Saturday. Although the Mercer County Historical Society has over eight hundred members and is open for additional members, tours of the Historical Society and the use of its research library is free and open to the public and non-members!


Connor and Christian Grossman and Robert F. Lark (left to right) inspect the Presidents Display in the Lobby of the Mercer County Historical Society.  Connor and Christian helped Bob build the display.

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