Friday, June 02, 2006

"I Do Solemenly Swear" - Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress

"I Do Solemenly Swear" - Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress. This is an interesting (and fun!) past exhibit from the Library of Congress. It will be a few years before the next Presidential Inauguration but you can relive some past ones here.

Eighteen presidents are featured in this display including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, William Harrison, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

From the site:

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest and most comprehensive presidential library. The Library has in its custody the papers of twenty-three presidents, including those men who founded the nation and led it through some of its greatest crises. Among these papers are key documents relating to the early presidential inaugurations.

A special installation within the American Treasures exhibition presents more than forty of these items including photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches. This unique selection of items offers a glimpse into the history of American presidential inaugurations.

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