MEDIA ALERT: Explore Eugene McCarthy’s Historic 1968 Presidential Campaign in a New Exhibit

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October 4, 2016
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MEDIA ALERT: Explore Eugene McCarthy’s Historic 1968 Presidential Campaign in a New Exhibit

James J. Hill House welcomes a new exhibit, “Eugene McCarthy and the 1968 Election,” to its art gallery, starting Saturday, October 15.

2016 marks the 100th birthday of the Minnesota senator, and it’s also nearly 50 years since McCarthy’s bid for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination against incumbent Lyndon Johnson. In the exhibit, visitors can explore McCarthy’s iconic 1968 campaign through photographs, campaign literature, editorial cartoons and more from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections.

“Eugene McCarthy and the 1968 Election” will be on display Oct. 15, 2016 through Jan. 22, 2017. Visitors can view the exhibit for free as part of a James J. Hill House tour or separately with a $2 art gallery admission.

Completed in 1891, the Gilded Age mansion was the residence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and his family. The home is located one-half block west of the Cathedral of St. Paul at 240 Summit Avenue. It is open for tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 651-297-2555.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

Senator Eugene McCarthy during presidential primary campaign in New Haven, Connecticut, April 3, 1968.

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A McCarthy campaign peace dress, created ca. 1967-1968.

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McCarthy's concession speech notes, 1968 

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Eugene McCarthy campaign poster, 1968 

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