#ElectionCollection Challenge

Todays post comes from Jeannie Chen, Social Media Coordinator for the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives. This post can also be found on the American Experience PBS blog.

Share your quirky, cool, and surprising historic memorabilia!

#ElectionCollection banner

Get out your historic buttons, bumper stickers, hats, and banners! We’re starting a weekly Instagram challenge called #ElectionCollection to feature your Presidential campaign memorabilia.  

The Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and American Experience PBS invite you to share the unique personal histories surrounding Presidential campaign memorabilia. Cultural organizations keep these artifacts for their historic importance, and individuals save them for the feelings they evoke on a personal level.  #ElectionCollection is a space for people to share their favorite mementos from past campaigns.

We’re encouraging museums, libraries, and cultural organizations to make #ElectionCollection their own by sharing artifacts from their collections. We’re also inviting the public to post images of their own memorabilia and tag it with #ElectionCollection.

In honor of Election Tuesday, we’ll publish a new #ElectionCollection Instagram challenge every Tuesday from July 26 until the Presidential election on November 8, 2016. We’ll also feature quirky, cool, and surprising historic #ElectionCollection memorabilia on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the blogs of the National Archives and American Experience.

How it will Work:

  1. Each week, we’ll invite the public and our community to a new #ElectionCollection challenge.
    • We will feature objects from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries, the National Archives, and videos and imagery from American Experience PBS.
  2. Each challenge will ask people to feature a different category in election memorabilia.
  3. Show off your cool memorabilia!
    • Post your memorabilia photos on Instagram and tag #ElectionCollection.
    • Tell your friends! Get your followers and community involved in showing off their own #ElectionCollection treasures. You never know what you’ll find in Grandma’s attic.
    • We’ll share highlights from each week of what you all post.

Not on Instagram? No problem!  You can share your #ElectionCollection on any social platform.  Here’s where we’ll be posting:

National Archives:

American Experience:

Talking picture unit designed by the Transport Publicity Corporation for Herbert Hoover’s 1928 campaign. Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Talking picture unit designed by the Transport Publicity Corporation for Herbert Hoover’s 1928 campaign. Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman campaign button, 1944. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman campaign button, 1944. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

John F. Kennedy campaign poster, 1960. JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

John F. Kennedy campaign poster, 1960. JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

JCPL Carter gold donkey pin

Carter gold donkey pin, 1976. Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

FordGlasses_Memorabilia

Sunglasses designed and manufactured by A. Dean Watkins Co. for Gerald R. Ford’s 1976 presidential campaign. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

Reagan-Bush campaign hat with bumper sticker, 1980. Reagan Library.

Reagan-Bush campaign hat with bumper sticker, 1980. Reagan Library.

 

 

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