TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new exhibit was unveiled at the Vigo County History Center featuring more than 200 political buttons from across many decades.
It was donated to the museum by Eleanor Cox Riggs, who has served as a member of the League of Women Voters for over 50 years. She also served as president of the republican women’s club and was elected to the electoral college in 1976.
“I’ve been collecting all my life. Around the dinner table, all we talked about were politics and government, and public policy, so I’m thrilled that all this has come to pass today.” said Cox Riggs.
The non-partisan collection features a number of items from as far back as 1840. Ranging from buttons to ribbons, medallions and other political memorabilia.
“Buttons started in 1896 when McKinley defeated William Jennings Bryan and so I have just about every presidential candidate on both parties from then on.” added Cox Riggs.
The collection can be viewed on the museums second floor.