Presidents’ Week Events at Coolidge Site

From Diane Kemble, Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation

For the first time, Presidents’ Week events will be held at the beautiful new President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center. Sponsored by the Coolidge Foundation, these programs highlight aspects of the presidency of Calvin Coolidge who was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont and was sworn in here by his father as our nation’s 30th President.

“Ink & Oil: Calvin Coolidge’s Political Cartoon Legacy and Beyond” will be presented on February 19th at 2:00 by Stephen R. Bissette, from the Center for Cartoon Studies. His illustrated talk will take us from the start of Calvin Coolidge’s political career in Massachusetts and through his presidency, showing how editorial cartoons archived the public’s perceptions of Coolidge as a man, a politician, and a reluctant celebrity. We’ll see how President Coolidge was portrayed in contemporary political cartoons and trace aspects of the notorious Teapot Dome oil and political scandal, and the role of oil magnate Harry Sinclair in that debacle.

“Presidents’ Week Sneak Peek – Inside the Collections: Coolidge’s Presidential Campaigns” will be presented on Thursday February 23 at 3:00. Hosted by Kate Bradley, the Coolidge Foundation’s Special Collections Manager, the event will give attendees a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at select items from the Coolidge Foundation’s Special Collections that are not otherwise available to the public. This rare peek at mid-1920s campaign items will reveal the similarities and differences between Coolidge’s presidential campaigns and present-day presidential campaigns. The presentation will highlight the intricate and pervasive role of campaign culture using a wide variety of specially selected items, from voting machines, to cigars, to books.

The Coolidge Museum and Education Center is located at 3780 Route 100A, Plymouth, VT 05056 at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. These events are free to the public though donations to the Coolidge Foundation will be gratefully accepted. For further information contact the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation at 802-672-3389 or email education@calvin-coolidge.org. Website:  www.calvin-coolidge.org.

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