DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden:
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SIAHGB_020911_01.JPG: The next series of pictures are from an exhibit called "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" which documents the presidents and the electoral process. Artifacts include things like a ballot from the Florida election of 2000.
SIAHGB_020911_07.JPG: George Washington's military uniform
SIAHGB_020911_10.JPG: This was a rather cute display where you could pretend you were participating in a Presidential delivery. The screen on the right would show you as you were recorded, complete with the fake backdrop and podium.
SIAHGB_020911_16.JPG: This was from an exhibit called "Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War." I knew someone in the Navy who had been involved in the preparation of the exhibit and he had recommended it.
SIAHGB_020911_18.JPG: One of the drums used by the honor guard during Abraham Lincoln's funeral
SIAHGB_020911_32.JPG: Two pieces of political paraphernalia -- a Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider doll and a Jimmy Carter peanut. They also had various teddy bears from TR's era on display.
SIAHGB_021216_03.JPG: Part of the American President exhibit. This is Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's filing cabinet which Nixon's henchmen had broken into, trying to find stuff against Ellsberg who had leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press.
SIAHGB_021216_09.JPG: These artifacts are from the trial of the Lincoln assassination co-conspirators.
SIAHGB_021216_11.JPG: A teddy bear, inspired by Teddy Roosevelt's exploits
SIAHGB_021216_15.JPG: Ping pong paddles created after Nixon sent a team of American ping pong players to China.
SIAHGB_021216_19.JPG: George Washington's army uniform
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Description of Subject Matter: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
This exhibition explores the personal, public, ceremonial and executive actions of the 43 men who have had a huge impact on the course of history in the past 200 years. More than 900 objects, including national treasures from the Smithsonian’s vast presidential collections, bring to life the role of the presidency in American culture.
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