I was in New York over the Fourth of July weekend. On Saturday, my friend and I walked up Fifth Avenue along the Museum Mile to attend a most fascinating exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York off 103rd Street.
The exhibit, Campaign for President: New York & The American Election runs, naturally, until Election Day on November 4th. It consists of memorabilia from Presidential election campaign since 1789. To be sure there is a natural emphasis on New York politicians but that encompassed a lot of people such as Alexander Hamilton, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Tom Dewey, George Clinton (not to be confused with the Funkadelic one).
There are buttons, posters, leaflets, a Richard Nixon paper dress and even folk songs for Goldwater. Yes, the '60s were a funny time. The 1860's not so much.
But if that doesn't satiate you on the other side of the museum is an exhibit Catholics in New York, 1808-1946. This runs until December 31st.
For more information you can visit the Museum of the City of New York's website at www.mcny.org.