Portland, June 14th, 2013. Many of Oregon’s notable citizens were on hand when The Oregon Historical Society hosted a celebratory dinner for sponsors of Windows on America. The exhibit showcased for the first time 120 artifacts from the private Mark Family Collection, including: John F. Kennedy’s Oval Office Table and Rocking Chair, Truman’s Inaugural Top Hat, George Washington’s handwritten plans for Mount Vernon and a swatch of fabric from Lincoln’s Fords Theater Chair. Pictured at the event are: Linda Andrews, Pete Mark, and Maddie Andrews, (back row)  Joe Maddalena, who helped collect the itmes, Scott Andrews, Peter Andrews, and Paul Andrews.

(Back row) – Ann Hudson, Jerry Hudson, Sue Metzler, Peter Belluschi, Kate Brown (Front Row) Ray Auel, Jean Auel, Susan Belluschi

Ray Auel, Jean Auel, and Susan Belluschi, (Back row) Ann Hudson, Jerry Hudson, Sue Metzler, Peter Belluschi, Kate Brown (Front Row)

Pete Mark tells supporters about his unique collection.

Antoinette Hatfield and Laura Meier

Antoinette Hatfield and Laura Meier

Here’s more information about the exhibit:

This summer, the Oregon History Museum is proud to showcase a world-class collection of presidential history, never before seen to the public.  Carefully acquired over more than fifty years, the Mark Family Collection, consisting of over 100 artifacts and documents, focuses on American presidential leadership and major turning points in the history of the United States. Inspired by the ways in which these great leaders communicated their views, persuaded and cajoled others, and responded to crisis, the collection consists of documents, images, and objects that gives unique perspective to more than two centuries of American history. This exhibition, opening to the public on June 15, 2013, opens windows into the hearts, minds, and councils of the most influential leaders of our nation.

The treasures in this exhibit rival the Smithsonian collections. Beginning with a letter from George Washington, the exhibit is graced by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. The compelling content leaps from everyday personal possessions and letters to iconic items like the only known copy of the Atlantic Charter signed by both Franklin Roosevelt and Churchill.

Some of the other notable highlights in this extensive collection include:

  • An exact reproduction of the Declaration of Independence
  • George Washington’s handwritten plans for Mount Vernon
  • Official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment
  • Swatch of fabric from Lincoln’s Fords Theater Chair
  • The letter, pierced by a bullet, which was in Teddy Roosevelt’s pocket during an assassination attempt in 1912
  • Only copy of the Atlantic Charter signed by Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • U.S.S. Antares Log from the Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Truman’s Inaugural Top Hat
  • John F. Kennedy’s Oval Office Table and Rocking Chair

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue between SW Jefferson and Madison on the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland. Groups should enter through the Pavilion doors off of SW Park Avenue and check in at the Visitor Services Desk. For directions to the Oregon Historical Society please visit www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/locations-directions-parking.cfm  or call 503.222.1741.

 

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