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Original presidential ballots from the 1860 election on display at the Old Governor’s Mansion

The Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will house four original presidential ballots from the Election of 1860 to view until Nov. 8. The loans are provided by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. These ballots are a part of the Old Governor’s Mansion exhibit: Election of 1860, showcasing the growing sectional division of slavery, party divisions and the looming threat of secession. The exhibition will provide background on the history of the period, the candidates, the fracture of the Democratic Party and the election itself. “We are delighted that the Old Governor’s Mansion will be displaying historic election ballots, on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, as part of the new exhibition, Election of 1860 ,” said Harold A. Closter, director, Smithsonian Affiliations. “The Smithsonian has a longstanding interest in documenting the election process and the exercise of democracy in America.  We are very grateful to the Old Governor’s Mansion for curating this important exhibit and for making our national collections more accessible to the Georgia College community, local residents and visitors.” The Old Governor’s Mansion is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays. $10 per person, for adults $7 Pre-booked adult groups $7 Senior Citizens $2 Students Free to children under six and all GG faculty, staff and students.           …

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