Historical Museum Exhibit Focuing on Presidential Elections

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October 24, 2016
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664


There’s still time to see “Presidential Preferences” in the Finney County Historical Museum’s Front Door Gallery before the general election, and the exhibit should be of interest to local residents whether they’re planning to cast ballots for Trump, Clinton or “None of the Above” on Election Day.

The display features results of every U.S. presidential election as far back as 1932, with national, state and Finney County tallies for the candidates of both major parties, flanked by early-day Finney County ballot boxes and election booths, as well as pictures, posters and other paraphernalia from past campaigns.

The exhibit will remain in place throughout and after the present-day contest involving Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, though it includes nothing about the current campaign. Instead, voting tallies from the 21 previous U.S. presidential contests illustrate when Finney County’s choices for commander in chief have aligned with those of the state and nation, as well as when they have diverged.

The results span the 21 races from Herbert Hoover vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt more than 80 years ago to Mitt Romney’s challenge of Barack Obama in 2012, with emphasis on local, state and national outcomes for the candidates of both major parties.

The Front Door Gallery is located just inside the museum’s front entrance, and it hosts displays that change periodically throughout the year. The museum is located at 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park and exhibits are open 1 to 5 p.m. seven days weekly. Admission is free.


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