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The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

November 15, 2000 – Permanent

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 3rd Floor, Center Corridor, Views into the Collection Gallery

This exhibition of more than 900 objects related to the 43 men who have held the nation's highest office explores the public, personal, ceremonial, and executive boundaries of the presidency. Composed of 11 thematic sections, the exhibition addresses such topics as inaugural celebrations, presidential roles, life at the White House, limits of presidential power, assassinations and mourning, the influence of the media, and life after the presidency.

The following highlights are on view:
- the portable desk used by Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence
- Abraham Lincoln's life mask
- Lewis and Clark compass
- the horse-drawn carriage that carried Ulysses S. Grant in his second inaugural parade in 1873
- a radio microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to give his fireside chats during World War II
- an early teddy bear (named after Theodore Roosevelt)
- Bill Clinton's saxophone. 

Videos, including an introductory video welcoming visitors to the exhibition
Interactive Stations
Catalogue: $50 (cloth); $24.95 (paper)
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