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Only 42 men have held the post.
Their names bring to mind conflict, triumphs, assassinations and scandal.
They have been loved and hated, scorned and impeached – but each has played a role in the development of the world’s most powerful country.
The Minnesota Historical Society presents “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit.
This Smithsonian exhibit explores the power, glory, and challenges of the American presidency – the office, the men who occupied it, and their dynamic relationships with the public. It includes more than 300 artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution and Minnesota Historical Society collections.
Perpetually changing, whether responding to times of prosperity, crisis, or loss, the relationship between the American people and the office of the president is a fascinating one. Those who have held the office of president helped shape the United States and influenced international events. Their collective history is greater than the individual stories of the men themselves.
The exhibit includes many of the nation's presidential highlights, such as the inkwell used by Abraham Lincoln to write the Emancipation Proclamation, a CBS microphone used by Roosevelt during his "fireside chats," and a compass used by George Washington at Mt. Vernon. Different sections of the exhibit focus on family life, assassinations, the presidency as portrayed in movies, the campaign trail and other fascinating topics.