Open Oct. 8 – Dec. 31, 2020
As the nation prepares for the 2020 presidential election, Discovery Park of America is adding a pop-up exhibit showcasing presidential campaign buttons from past elections. This impressive collection is on loan from Randy Anding, an Obion County, Tenn., resident who also works in security for Discovery Park.
Anding began collecting buttons in the mid-1970s and picked up his first button during the campaign of Jimmy Carter against incumbent president Gerald Ford.
“I walked into Jimmy Carter’s campaign headquarters in Plains, Ga. and found his mother, Lillian, sitting there rocking back and forth in a rocking chair,” Anding shares. “After speaking with her for a bit, I just had to buy a souvenir to remember the occasion, so I picked up my first campaign button.”
Among the oldest buttons on display in the exhibit are buttons used for the campaigns of Wendell Willkie, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.
While Discovery Park encourages everyone to vote in the 2020 presidential election, another vote will also be featured as part of the exhibit. Guests will be encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite among a selection of campaign buttons. The winner will be announced on the final day of the exhibit, Dec. 31, 2020.
Included with park admission or membership.