Friday, October 14, 2016


Leader staff writer

An exhibit of presidential campaign memorabilia from the Cabot Public Schools’ Museum of American History collection is on display at the Cabot High School media center at 114 S. First St.

The items shown are a portion of the museum’s collection. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment. Admission is free.

Buttons, flyers, shirts, posters and other campaign items are on display. The museum chose not to display any items from the 2016 presidential election.

The display at the high school was completed by museum interns Jordan Holyfield, a junior, and Gavin Iler, a senior.

Visitors can reflect on the presidential elections of the past, successful candidates and also-rans.

The exhibit runs through the end of the year. It has a multimedia feature showing campaign ads from years ago.

“Campaigns used lots of propaganda. They have gotten more expensive and weirder,” Holyfield said.

Her favorite pieces are the campaign plates and torch lights used to show support during parades. “I think the old ballots are cool,” Iler said.

“People don’t produce many campaign items. They are putting money into TV and the internet. There is less memorabilia and our new collections will get smaller in the upcoming years,” museum director Mike Polston said.

Iler said he enjoys the museum class. Holyfield appreciates history and how it impacts current affairs.