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Front Page - Friday, June 7, 2024

‘Path to Presidency’ open at downtown library

This paper dress is part of the Chattanooga Public Library’s “Path to the Presidency” exhibit. The thin frock helped to promote Richard Nixon as the Republican candidate for president in 1968. - Photo by David Laprad | Hamilton County Herald

The Chattanooga Public Library is hosting “Path to the Presidency,” a new exhibit showcasing over 100 years of presidential campaign memorabilia. Opening June 3, the exhibit is presented by Robert L. Golden Institute of Art & History and hosted by the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department.

The exhibit is available to view on the third floor.

“Path to the Presidency” guides visitors through every pivotal moment on the campaign trail: from the announcement speech to the campaign process, and from the nominating conventions and Election Day to the inauguration. Each step of the process is illustrated through original artifacts from the collections of both the Robert L. Golden Institute and library.

“’Path to the Presidency’ brings the democratic process to life,” says Jessica Sedgwick, head librarian of Local History and Genealogy. “We have several interactive stations where you can make your own campaign button, cast a symbolic ballot, and even strike a pose behind the presidential podium on inauguration day.”

The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 2 and can be viewed Monday through Saturday during the library’s business hours.