Objects - Political History

Vermont has had an active presence in politics at all levels, and we have the objects to show it. The collection includes campaign materials, protest signs, and even ballot boxes.

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Banner, 1840 Captain John Barrett (1776-1856) Grafton, VT Cotton, wood, metal, paint Gift of Mary X. Barrett, 1947.6.3 The election of 1840 was one of the most politically charged in American history. It pitted incumbent Martin Van Buren against challengers William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. Harrison and Tyler ran on a platform of reform and change for the new Whig Party against Van Buren's Democrats, hence the slogan on the topmost banner. Harrison was a war hero who had won a victory at the Battle of Tippecoanoe, and was often called "Old Tippecanoe," hence the lower banner, which was carried by Captain John Barrett of Grafton when he attended a political rally on Stratton Mountain in 1840. For more about that rally, see the campaign pin on the right hand side of the case on the opposite side of this room. Grafton went on to serve as an elector for the state of Vermont and cast the state's electoral college votes for Harrison's win.
Name/Title
Banner
Entry/Object ID
1947.6.3
Description
White canvas banner with the hand-painted inscription, "ALL TRUE, FOR OLD TIP." The edges of the banner are folded back and the top and bottom and tacked onto wooden boards.
Context
Carried by Captain John Barrett to a political rally for William Henry Harrison on Stratton Mountain, 1840.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1947.6
Source or Donor
Barrett, Mary X.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Barrett, John (1776-1856)
1840
Grafton
Lexicon
Banner,Declaratory Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Cotton, Wood, Metal, Paint
Relationships
Barrett, John (1776-1856)
Grafton, Stratton Mountain
Banner
Name/Title
Banner
Entry/Object ID
1995.12
Description
Square cotton banner with the painted inscription, "VERMONT THE STAR THAT NEVER SETS CORINTH DELECTI[ON] FIRM FOR OLD TIP". The top and bottom edges of the banner have nail holes evenly spaced all the way across.
Context
Made in Corinth, Vermont, during the election of William Henry Harrison. Possibly carried to a political rally at Stratton Mountain.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1995.12
Source or Donor
Gibson, Judith C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1840
Corinth
Lexicon
Banner,Declaratory Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Cotton
Relationships
Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841)
Stratton Mountain
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.1
Description
Round white button with the black, hand-written inscription, "Douglas 90".
Context
Made for James Douglas' 1990 campaign for Secretary of State of Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1990
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Paper, Metal
Relationships
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.2
Description
Round green button with the white inscription, "PETER SMITH Governor '86".
Context
Made for the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Peter Smith in 1986. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1986
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Smith, Peter Plympton (b.1943)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.3
Description
Round white button with blue border and the blue inscription, "Peter P. Smith for Lieutenant Governor".
Context
Made by the campaign of Peter Smith for lieutenant Governor in 1983. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1983
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Smith, Peter Plympton (b.1943)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.4
Description
Round blue button, with a semi-circular white wedge on the lower half and the inscription, "EASTON GOVERNOR '84".
Context
Made for the gubernatorial campaign of John Easton in 1984. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1984
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Easton, John (born 1943)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.5
Description
Round green button with the white sans-serif inscription, "Jim Jeffords Senate '94".
Context
Made for Jim Jeffords' senatorial campaign of 1994. Owned by Governor James H. Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1994
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Jeffords, James Merrill (1934-2014)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.6
Description
Round yellow button with the green inscription, "JIM MILNE Secretary of State". Written on the back with black marker is, "THANKS Jim / Jim 11/8/94" A makers stamp is on center of back "Badge A Minit / 1-800-223-4103".
Context
Made for Jim Milne's campaign for Secretary of State of Vermont in 1994. Owned by Governor James H. Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1994
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Barre City
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.7
Description
Round blue and white button with the inscription, "I Like MIKE BERNHARDT FOR GOVERNOR". In tiny letters along edge is the inscription, "Versitile Graphics Burlington, VT 862-3762"
Context
Made for the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Michael Bernhardt. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Versitile Graphics
1988
Burlington
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Bernhardt, Michael
Londonderry
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.8
Description
Round blue and white button with the inscription, "I Like MIKE BERNHARDT FOR GOVERNOR". In tiny letters along edge is the inscription, "Versitile Graphics Burlington, VT 862-3762"
Context
Made for the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Michael Bernhardt. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Versitile Graphics
1988
Burlington
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Bernhardt, Michael
Londonderry
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.9
Description
Round button with three green mountains over a blue ground. A red line spans the middle with the white inscription, "Hilton Wick for Governor".
Context
Made for the unsuccessful gubernatorial of Hilton Wick in 1984. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Horn Company
1984
Glenside
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Wick, Hilton Addison (1920-2006)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.10
Description
Round white button with two equally-spaced concentric green circles with the inscription, "VOTE SARTY R-3 He's for ALL of us". There is a maker's mark on the reverse saying, "Badg/A/Minit - LASALLE/ILL 61301". The design on the front is printed on a round piece of paper.
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1986-1990
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Sarty, Peter G.
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.11
Description
Round red-and-white striped button with the inscription, "RE-ELECT EDSON SHERIFF" in blue and white. Above the inscription is a five-pointed star with the word "sheriff" in the center.
Context
Produced for the reelection of Donald Edson for Washington County Sheriff. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Edson, Donald G.
Washington County
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.12
Description
Round button with a black-and-white photograph of a woman with short, curly white hair and large glasses. She is shown smiling, and is wearing pearl earrings, a white shirt, and a suit jacket. The inscription, "YOU CAN BET ON BETTY" rings the top edge in black letters.
Context
Produced for one of the Senate campaigns of Betty Ferraro. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1992-1994
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Ferraro, Betty
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.13
Description
Round, green button with the white inscription, "MURPHY for MIDDLEBURY Representative 4-2". The reverse bears the maker's label, "BADGE/A/MINIT/LASALLE/ILL 61301".
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
LaSalle
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Middlebury
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.14
Description
Round, white button with a green silhouette of an elephant at the time and the green sans-serif inscription, "Vermonters are Telling... "WE NEED DICK SNELLING" U.S. Senate 1986 Don McNally, Derby, Vt."
Context
Worn by Gov. James Douglas. Produced for Richard Snelling's US Senate campaign in 1986.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1986
Derby
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Snelling, Richard Arkwright (1927-1991), Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.15
Description
Round pin printed with a photograph of a man's face. He is smiling with an open mouth and has curly hair. He is wearing a white, colored shirt, and a grey suit jacket. The pin is stamped on the reverse with "Badge-A-Minit/LASALLE/ILL. 61301".
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas. Shows Governor Richard Snelling.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
20th Century
LaSalle
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Snelling, Richard Arkwright (1927-1991)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.16
Description
Round blue button with a red-outlined six-pointed star. In the center of the star is the inscription "AMOS COLBY" in red.
Context
Made for the election of Amos Colby for Essex County Sheriff. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Colby, Amos
Essex County
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.17
Description
Round white button with the blue inscription, "HACKETT", across the center. The maker's name is tucked under the edge "RUSSELL BADGE MFG WAKEFIELD MASS"
Context
Made for the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Luther Hackett, 1972. Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1972
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Hackett, Luther Frederick (1933-2018)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.19
Description
Round red pin with the white sans-serif inscription, "DION".
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.20
Description
Round red pin with the white sans-serif inscription, "DION".
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.22
Description
Round green pin with white block letters "PROUTY".
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Prouty, Winston Lewis (1906-1971)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.23
Description
Round white button with safety clasp and the blue inscription, "VERMONT RIGHT WITH READY/By Baraba Cummings, Springfield, Vt." At the center top is an image of a waving United States flag.
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Cummings, Barbara
1980
Springfield
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1911-2004)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.24
Description
Round button with two layers of green mountains and a dark blue sky. It has the inscription "Vermont BUSH COUNTRY" in white along with a small, white eight-pointed star and a white falling leaf.
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Bush, George Herbert Walker (b. 1924)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.25
Description
Round white button with the green sans-serif inscription, "GO 4 WEST". The 4 is within a shield shape (route symbol).
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Rutland County
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.50.26
Description
Round white button with the green sans-serif inscription, "GO 4 WEST". The 4 is within a shield shape (route symbol).
Context
Owned by Governor James Douglas.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.50
Source or Donor
Douglas, James H. (b. 1951)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Rutland County
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2000.32.19
Description
Burgundy campaign pin with the inscription, "Kunin! '80" in white and grey. The pin back is missing.
Context
Produced for Madeleine Kunin's 1980 campaign for reelection for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.
Madeleine M. Kunin served as Lieutenant Governor for the State of Vermont from 1979-1982, and as Governor from 1984-1991.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.32
Source or Donor
Rothenberg, Arie
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1980
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Kunin, Madeleine May (b. 1933)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2008.38.17
Description
Round button, striped red, white, and blue, with the sans-serif inscription, "MY FIRST VOTE/HARDING/IS FOR". (My first vote is for Harding.)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2008.38
Source or Donor
Adams, Alice Elizabeth Alger (1921-2007)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Joseph and Laura Algar and Raymond H. Adams
Made or Created
1919-1920
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Harding, Warren Gamaliel (1865-1923)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.9.2
Description
White campaign button with the inscription, "JESSE JACKSON NOW IS THE TIME 1984" in blue and red letters. Between the name and the slogan, a red and a blue line form a representation of a rainbow.
Context
Produced for Jesse Jackson's 1984 campaign for US President.

From https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jesse-Jackson
"Jesse Jackson, original name Jesse Louis Burns, (born October 8, 1941, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.), American civil rights leader, Baptist minister, and politician whose bids for the U.S. presidency (in the Democratic Party’s nomination races in 1983–84 and 1987–88) were the most successful by an African American until 2008, when Barack Obama captured the Democratic presidential nomination. Jackson’s life and career have been marked by both accomplishment and controversy.
....In the 1980s Jackson became a leading national spokesman and advocate for African Americans. His voter-registration drive was a key factor in the election of Chicago’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington, in April 1983. The following year Jackson ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. During the campaign he drew criticism for his relationship with Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and for making a disparaging remark about New York’s Jewish community; Jackson later apologized for his comments and distanced himself from Farrakhan. In what was then the strongest showing ever by an African American candidate, Jackson placed third in the primary voting. In 1988 he staged another bid for the Democratic nomination and came in second to the party’s eventual nominee, Michael Dukakis. Jackson’s increasing influence within the Democratic Party ensured that African American issues were an important part of the party’s platform. Jackson, a dynamic orator, made memorable speeches at later Democratic conventions but declined to run again for the presidency."
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.9
Source or Donor
Donovan, Paul J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Valerie Ball, friend, activist, walker
Made or Created
1984
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Jackson, Jesse (b. 1941)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.9.4
Description
Red button with the white inscription, "Re-Elect Bernie 2004". Three lines go across the middle of the button, flanking the year. The "i" is dotted with a star, and there is a second star on the three-line stripe. There is a small oval maker's mark and the number 7 at the bottom of the button.
Context
Produced for Bernie Sanders' 2004 campaign for reelection to the US House of Representatives

From https://www.britannica.com/biography/Bernie-Sanders

"Bernie Sanders, byname of Bernard Sanders, (born September 8, 1941, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American politician who was first elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in 2006 and took office the following year. Previously he served (1981–89) as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1991–2007). Formally unaffiliated with any political party, he sought the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. Sanders, the son of Jewish parents of Polish descent, grew up in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. "
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.9
Source or Donor
Donovan, Paul J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Valerie Ball, friend, activist, walker
Made or Created
2004
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Sanders, Bernard (b. 1941)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.9.5
Description
Blue button with the inscription, "1-800-LEAHY '86", in white text. In small white text around the edge of the button where it is turned to the back are the words, "Paid for by Patrick Leahy for Senator".
Context
Produced for Senator Patrick Leahy's 1986 campaign. The number provided voters with information and the option to donate to the campaign via credit card.

Source for bio below: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/about

"Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State.

Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across from the State House. A graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964). He served for eight years as State's Attorney in Chittenden County where he gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States in 1974."
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.9
Source or Donor
Donovan, Paul J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Valerie Ball, friend, activist, walker
Made or Created
1986
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Leahy, Patrick Joseph (b. 1940)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.1
Description
Round red button with the white inscription, "Amestoy ATTORNEY GENERAL".
Context
Made for Jeffrey Amestoy's campaign for Attorney General of Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1985-1997
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Amestoy, Jeffrey Lee (b. 1946)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.3
Description
Round red button with a yellow stripe across the center and the red inscription, "GARLAND".. Printed along edge in yellow letters is the label "Garland for Senate Campaign Committee Horn Co., Phila., PA 19126"
Context
Made for the senatorial campaign of Margaret "Peg" Garland.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Horn Company
Philadelphia
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Garland, Margaret P. (1922-2003)
Burlington
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.4
Description
Round blue button with the white inscription, "JIM Gilson for MAYOR".
Context
Made for the campaign of Jim Gilson for mayor of Burlington in 1983.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1983
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Gilson, James S. (1943-2009)
Burlington
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.6
Description
Round green button with the white inscription, "HOGAN FOR CONGRESS".
Context
Made for a campaign of Cornelius "Con" Hogan, who acted as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Hogan, Cornelius (1942-2018)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.7
Description
Small round red and blue button with the white inscription, "NIXON LODGE". The words are separated by a white stripe with blue five-point stars. The side edge has a manufacturers marks saying, "Green Duck Co., Chicago".
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1959-1960
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Nixon, Richard Milhous (1913 - 1994)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.8
Description
Round blue button with the white inscription, "DOUG RACINE Lt. Governor".
Context
Made for one of the campaigns of Doug Racine for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He served in that position from 1997-2003.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1997-2003
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Racine, Douglas (b. 1952)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.9
Description
Round white button with two blue lines crossing the center. The lines bisect an image of an elephant that is blue with white stars on the top and red on the bottom (the symbol of the Republican Party). Within the lines is the blue inscription, "ROLAND SEWARD", and the inscription, "for NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN" rings the bottom edge of the button.
Context
Made for the campaign of Roland Seward for Republican national committeeman of Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1960
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Seward, Roland (1917-1985)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.10
Description
Round green button with the yellow inscription, "SEC OF Thomas STATE".
Context
Made for the campaign of Richard Thomas for Vermont Secretary of State. He served four terms from 1968-1977, and ran unsuccessfully in 1976.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1968-1976
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Thomas, Richard C. (1937-1991)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.11
Description
Round white button with the inscription, "Evslin U.S. Senate". The first word is green, and the rest is white over a green strip.
Context
Made for the unsuccessful senatorial campaign of Tom Evslin in 1980.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1979-1980
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Evslin, Tom I. (b. 1943)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.13
Description
Round button that is white on the top half and red on the bottom half. The upper has the blue inscription "HACKETT" and the lower has the white inscription "BURGESS". A maker's mark along the edge reads "RUSSELL Badge Mfg., Wakefield, Mass."
Context
Made to support Luther Hackett for Governor and John Burgess for Lieutenant Governor, 1972.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Russell Badge Manufacturing Company
1972
Wakefield
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Hackett, Luther Chaffee (1911-2008), Burgess, John S. (1920 - 2007), Hackett, Luther Frederick (1933-2018)
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.14
Description
Round white button with the blue inscription, "VOTE MULLIN U.S. SENATE".
Context
Made for the senatorial campaign of Kevin Mullin.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Mullin, Kevin J. (b. 1958)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.13.15
Description
Round blue button with the white inscription "MADELINE". There is a maker's mark along the edge that reads, "J. Freides Co., Mamaroneck, NY 10543".
Context
Made for one of the gubernatorial campaigns of Madeline Kunin.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.13
Source or Donor
Toby Knox & Associates LLC.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1979-1991
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Kunin, Madeleine May (b. 1933)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.1
Description
Round orange pin with the black inscription, "Fred for U.S. Senate from Vermont". A maker's mark is stamped on the back and reads, "BADGE-A-MINIT 1-800-223-4103".
Context
Made for the campaign of Fred Tuttle for US Senate in 1998.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
1998
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Tuttle, Frederick Herman (1919-2003)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2010.11.47
Description
White campaign button with the red inscription, "Another Vermonter for Kunin".
Context
Produced for one of Madeline Kunin's campaigns for Governor of Vermont, 1985-1991.
Source: https://www.nga.org/governor/madeleine-m-kunin/
"MADELEINE M. KUNIN was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1956 and received a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1957. She earned another master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and worked as a journalist, author, and college professor. She was first elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972, and was selected Democratic Whip in her second term. In her third term, she chaired the Appropriations Committee. She was elected lieutenant governor in 1978 and won reelection in 1980. During the spring of 1983, she taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Governor Kunin also taught at Middlebury College and St. Michael’s College. She was elected the first woman governor of Vermont in 1984. During her tenure, she focused on education and the environment and chaired the New England Governors’ Association. She founded the Institute for Sustainable Communities and served as its first board chair from 1991 to 1993. During the presidential administration of Bill Clinton, she served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. From 1996 to 1999, she was U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland. Kunin went on to become a Distinguishing Visiting Professor at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College."
Acquisition
Accession Number
2010.11
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Collected by Staff
Made or Created
1985-1991
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Kunin, Madeleine May (b. 1933)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.5
Description
Round blue button with three green mountains across the bottom quarter. It has the white inscription, "Susan Sweetser FOR CONGRESS" on the blue, and "'96" on the mountains. In tiny print along the reverse edge of the top is the inscription, "PD. FOR BY SWEETSER '96 COMM. 139 MAIN STREET MONTPELIER, VERMONT 05602 (802) 229-1996".
Context
Made for Susan Sweetser's campaign for US. House of Representatives in 1996.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1996
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Sweetser, Susan W. (1958- )
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.6
Description
Round white button with the blue inscription, "JACK LONG '96 Democrat for Congress.
Context
Made for the unsuccessful campaign of Jack Long for US House of Representatives in 1996.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1996
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.10
Description
Round white button with the blue and red inscription, "TAKE BACK VERMONT VOTE REPUBLICAN" and an image of an elephant that is blue with stars on the top half and red on the bottom half.
Context
Made for the 2000 election in opposition to Civil Unions.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2000
Lexicon
Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.12
Description
Round white button with narrow green border, color photograph of a man in an indigenous American feathered war bonnet, and the inscription "HOMER ST. FRANCIS FOR GOVERNOR". The button is formed by two sheets of plastic sandwiching a round piece of paper.
Context
Made for the gubernatorial campaign of Homer St. Francis in 1990
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1990
Ethnography
Abenaki
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
St. Francis, Homer (1935-2001)
Swanton
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.13
Description
Round yellow button with the green inscription, "JIM MILNE Secretary of State". There is a maker's mark on the back reading, "Badg-a-Minit 1-800-223-4103".
Context
Made for the campaign of Jim Milne for Secretary of State.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1994-1999
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Barre City
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.14
Description
Round red button with the white inscription, "MENDICINO FOR SECRETARY OF STATE".
Context
Made for the campaign of Jane Daley Mendicino for Secretary of State in 1994.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1994
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Mendicino, Jane Daley
Essex Junction
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.15
Description
Round blue button with the light green inscription "DON HOOPER FOR Secretary of State 92". There are several horizontal lines running across the button.
Context
Made for the campaign of Don Hooper for Secretary of State in 1992.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1992
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Hooper, Donald M. (1945- )
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.16
Description
Round white button with the green inscription, "POIRIER For State Senate"
Context
Made for the campaign of Paul Poirier for Vermont state senate.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2000
Lexicon
Button, Campaign,Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
Poirier, Paul N. (b. 1948)
Vermont
Campaign Button
Name/Title
Campaign Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.19
Description
Blue button with the white inscription, "Elect CPA BOB THORN Auditor". The pin is formed to two pieces of clear plastic surrounding a round piece of paper. There is a white sticker on the back with the address of the manufacturer and the handwritten inscription, "Jim, Thanks for all of your help. Bob".
Context
Made for the campaign of Bob Thorn for Auditor of Vermont. Given by him to Jim Milne.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Mugshots
1985-1995
Manchester Center
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Paper
Relationships
Milne, James F. (b. 1950), Thorn, Robert
Vermont
Campaign Pin
Interpretative Labels
Campaign Pin, 1925 Metal, silk Gift of Harold G. Rugg, 1955.25 Vermonter Calvin Coolidge became President of the United States in 1923 when President Warren G. Harding died while in office. He ran in his own right in 1925 against Democrat John W. Davis and Progressive Robert LaFollette. His slogan, "Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge" promised stability and continuity. He won handily with 54 percent of the popular vote and 382 electoral votes. Though Coolidge had spent most of his political career in Massachusetts -- serving in a variety of political offices including Governor -- his base of support in Vermont was strong and he won his home state with 78 percent of the vote. This pin speaks to that local pride, explicitly identifying Coolidge as a Vermonter and urging the reader to "elect him again."
Name/Title
Campaign Pin
Entry/Object ID
1955.25
Description
Pin with medallion suspended by a ribbon. The upper gilt pin has the Vermont state seal above a rectangular space with the word "Vermont" on it. Under that is a scroll saying "The Green Mountain State". The ribbon is red, white, and blue striped. The gilt medallion is round with a round photograph of Calvin Coolidge attached at the center front. Around the picture is text "Vermonter elect him again" and "President Calvin Coolidge".
Context
Produced for the re-election campaign of Calvin Coolidge for US President, 1925.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1955.25
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1925
Lexicon
Pin, Campaign,Medal, Political,Pin, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Silk
Relationships
Coolidge, Calvin (1872-1933)
Vermont
Campaign Sign
Interpretative Labels
Campaign sign, 1992 Windham County Plywood, paint Gift of John H. Carnahan, 1999.51 This playful and unique campaign sign was created by some of Peter Shumlin's friends and neighbors in Putney for his first campaign for State Senate in 1992. Shumlin served in the Vermont Senate from 1993 to 2003 and 2007 to 2011. He left the senate upon his election as Vermont Governor in 2011.
Name/Title
Campaign Sign
Entry/Object ID
1999.51
Description
Wooden profile of a man cut from a piece of plywood and painted black. The man is shown with his head pushed slightly forward, a short haircut, and a large nose.
Context
These signs were placed anonymously throughout Windham County for Peter Shumlin's 1992 campaign for State Senate.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1999.51
Source or Donor
Carnahan, John H.
Made or Created
1992-1999
Windham County
Lexicon
Sign, Yard,Sign, Advertising,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood
Relationships
Shumlin, Peter Elliot (b. 1956)
Putney
Commemorative Plate
Name/Title
Commemorative Plate
Entry/Object ID
1999.50.63
Description
Clear glass plate with a wide border. The US Senate seal is engraved at the top of the border, and the signature of George D. Aiken is engraved at the bottom of the border.
Context
George Aiken represented Vermont in the US Senate from 1941 to 1975.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1999.50
Source or Donor
Nelson, Beatrice Aldrich
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1920-1935
Lexicon
Plate, Commemorative,Commemorative,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Glass
Relationships
Coutts, Flora (1897-1983), Aiken, George David (1892-1984)
Desk
Name/Title
Desk
Entry/Object ID
1976.54
Description
Narrow wooden desk with two lifting writing surfaces. The desk has a slanted top that opens into two shallow storage boxes. The desk sits on H-shaped piers, supported by a stretcher across the bottom. The piers are stained a dark color than the top of the desk and are scrolled and decorated with applied, carved bull's eyes. The right side of the desk has two metal plaques, one reading, "Seat of Consuela Northrup Bailey 1951 First lady speaker of the House", and the other reading, "Seat of Miss Edna L. Beard First lady member 1921".
Context
Used by both Edna Beard, first female member of the Vermont State House of Representatives, and Consuela Northrup Bailey, first female Speaker of the House of the Vermont State House of Representatives
Acquisition
Accession Number
1976.54
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Collected by Staff
Lexicon
Desk,Storage & Display Furniture,Furniture,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood, Brass
Relationships
Bailey, Consuelo Northrup, Beard, Edna
Vermont State House
Flag
Name/Title
Flag
Entry/Object ID
5.49
Description
Navy blue silk flag with hand-painted seal of the State of Vermont in the center. The seal is bordered in gold scroll decoration within a laurel-type wreath of two pine branches. The inscription "Freedom Vermont and Unity" is painted beneath the seal on a pink ribbon. The crest is a deer or elk head emerging from a blue and gold twist. The seal itself shows a country scene of a large evergreen tree in a field or pasture, with a cow, a pond, and sheaves of wheat in front of a mountain range. The flag is bordered on three sides by gold fringe.
Context
Said to be the artist's model for the first Vermont state flag.
Acquisition
Accession Number
5.49
Source or Donor
Vermont, State of
Acquisition Method
Loan
Credit Line
Adjutant General's Office
Lexicon
Flag,Organizational Objects,Ceremonial Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Silk
Relationships
Vermont
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.1
Description
Round, pink button with a magnet glued to the back that reads, "I speak for GOD".
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000
LaSalle
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.2
Description
Round, blue button with a magnet glued to the back that reads, "Politicians for Heterosexual privilege".
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.3
Description
Round, white magnet with the inscription, "If civil unions pass, my wife will run off with a lesbian", in black sans-serif text. The magnet is made as a button on the front with a magnet glued to the back.
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.4
Description
Round, pink magnet with the inscription, "Quell those nagging doubts about yourself by denouncing gays & lesbians", in black italicized text. The magnet is made as a button on the front with a magnet glued to the back.
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.5
Description
Round, pink button with a magnet glued to the back that reads, "real macho men don't vote for civil unions bills".
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000-2000
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.6
Description
Round, lavender button with a magnet glued to the back that reads, "If civil unions pass, my husband will elope with a gay man".
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000-2000
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.31.7
Description
Round yellow button with a magnet glued onto the back that reads, "Gays & Lesbians caused my Divorce".
Context
Found in Vermont State House during the 2000 Session of the Vermont Legislature. Likely produced in favor of Civil Unions as a parody of counter arguments.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.31
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
2000
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Magnet
Relationships
Vermont State House
Membership Ribbon
Name/Title
Membership Ribbon
Entry/Object ID
1969.21
Description
Medal-style pin consisting of two parts with a connecting ribbon. The upper part shows an eagle and two hammers or gavels with the inscription, "Jr. O.U.A.M." (Junior Order of United American Mechanics). The lower portion is shaped into a shield with a Masonic imagery in the center. The ribbon is the American flag.

Gold and silver jewel Masonic pin with hand-written history of the original recipient and his family. Housed in small leather case. Stamped "14K", "10K" and "sterling silver". Flag in center is enameled. Over the flag is a banner that reads, "Jr. O.U.A.M" which stands for Junior Order of United American Mechanics. The pin belonged to Claude Cheney Deval (1897-1963) of West Burke, Vt. He was a general storekeeper and postmaster in West Burke.
Context
Owned by Claude Cheney Deval, a shopkeeper and postmaster from West Burke, Vermont. The Order of United American Mechanics was an anti-Catholic American Nativist organization.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1969.21
Source or Donor
Bean, Clayton Arthur
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
20th Century
Lexicon
Ribbon, Membership,Ribbon, Insignia,Insignia,Status Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Gold, Silver, Enamel
Relationships
Duval, Claude Cheney (1897-1963), Freemasons
West Burke
Nightstick
Interpretative Labels
Watchman’s Club, 1935-1936 Harry L. Hall (1878-1956) West Rutland, Vermont Burned wood Gift of William Hall, #2018.19 The lengthy and violent Vermont Marble strike of 1935 and 1936 gained national attention and, though the strikers gained no concessions, led to federal labor legislation. Harry Hall served as a night watchman at the West Rutland facility during the time of the strike. He vividly documented the strike on his “billy club” with a woodburning tool. Imagery shows bridges dynamited, strikers beaten, trains derailed, and the leader of the company and strikers depicted as a pig and rat respectively. A summary of the strike can be found near the handle of the club and reads, “power lines blasted, RR track blasted, bridge blasted, windows stoned, property damaged, street fights, heads cracked, a good time had by all.”
Name/Title
Nightstick
Entry/Object ID
2018.19
Description
Wooden nightstick decoratively burnt with scenes from the 1935-36 strike at the Vermont Marble Company. Decorations include the initials "HLH", and the label "Vermont Marble Co./Strike of 35/36/Battles at Barrett Hill N. W. Rutland" inside a scroll with scenes of rioting and violence above and beneath. The club shows trains and bridges being dynamited, participants from various factions beating each other, illustrations of the types of clubs used, a man mourning at a large headstone, a detailed drawing a muscular man beating an elderly man, a pig with a man's head, and a man smoking a pipe and looking through a hand-held telescope. There is a list of names of the participants of the strike from both sides, and a summary of events: "power lines blasted/RR track blasted/bridge blasted/windows stoned/property damaged/street fights/heads cracked/a good time had by all".
There is a leather strap around the stick.
Context
Owned and embellished by Harry L. Hall (1878-1956), night watchman for Vermont Marble Company during the 1935-1936 strike. He decorated the nightstick with events from the strike.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2018.19
Source or Donor
Hall, William
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Harry L. Hall
Made or Created
Hall, Harry L. (1878-1956)
1935-1936
West Rutland
Lexicon
Nightstick,Club,Percussive Weapons,Armaments,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood, Leather
Relationships
Vermont Marble Company
Proctor
Overcoat
Name/Title
Overcoat
Entry/Object ID
1947.6.12
Description
Full-length navy overcoat. The heavy wool overcoat opens down the center front, and has a circular flap from the neckline to the elbow. Instead of sleeves, the coat has side slits that open beneath the upper flap. The wide falling collar is black velvet.
Context
Worn by Capt. John Barrett of Grafton, VT to deliver the State of Vermont's electoral votes to Washington DC during the 1840 election of William Henry Harrison.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1947.6
Source or Donor
Barrett, Mary X.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Clothing/Dress/Costume Details
Overcoat
Male
Material
Wool
Made or Created
1840
Lexicon
Coat,Overcoat,Main Garments,Outerwear,Clothing,Category 03: Personal Objects
Relationships
Barrett, John (1776-1856)
Grafton
Pen
Name/Title
Pen
Entry/Object ID
1927.12
Description
Fountain pen consisting of a long, slender wooden handle with a metal Accomdating Holder into which a metal nib is inserted.
Context
Used by Paul Dillingham to sign Bill 2 on the Ratification of the Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting slavery in the United States, March 9, 1865.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1927.12
Source or Donor
Unknown
Acquisition Method
Unknown
Made or Created
Accommodating Pen Holder
1865
Lexicon
Pen,Writing Devices,Written Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Dillingham, Paul (1799-1891)
Vermont
Civil War
Political Button
Name/Title
Political Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.25
Description
Square button with red ground on the upper half and black ground on the lower half. The inscription "Vermonters need a Livable Wage" in white text spans the entire button. The back has a cardboard insert.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.58
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources
Hampton
Lexicon
Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Cardboard
Political Button
Name/Title
Political Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.26
Description
Square button with red ground on the upper half and black ground on the lower half. The inscription "Vermonters need a Livable Wage" in white text spans the entire button. The back has a cardboard insert.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.58
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources
Hampton
Lexicon
Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Cardboard
Political Button
Name/Title
Political Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.9.7
Description
White button with the inscription, "VERMONTERS DECLARE YOUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE" in blue and red letters. There is a logo for the movement that is a lowercase E with an arrow as the center line.
Context
For the locally based "Declare you Energy Independence" movement, which pushed for the commercial use of solar energy as an alternative for fossil fuels.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.9
Source or Donor
Donovan, Paul J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Valerie Ball, friend, activist, walker
Made or Created
1970-1980
Lexicon
Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Vermont
Political Button
Name/Title
Political Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.32.16
Description
Round yellow button with the black inscription, "I'm a PROUD SENIOR Vermonter."
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.32
Source or Donor
Dopp, Sarah L.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Vermont
Political Button
Name/Title
Political Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.52.18
Description
Round button with a wide red border and a red line spanning the white center. Beneath the line is the black silhouette of a fighter jet, and on the line is the white inscription, "STOPtheF35.COM".
Context
Made to oppose the basing of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at the Vermont Air National Guard Station in Burlington, Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.52
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2010-2013
Lexicon
Button,Fastener, Textile,Notion,Needleworking Equipment,Textileworking T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Vermont National Guard
Burlington
Political Ribbon
Name/Title
Political Ribbon
Entry/Object ID
2013.14.9
Description
Bar pin with green ribbon and medal. The rectangular bar pen has the word "VERMONT" on the front with a long swivel pin on the back. The ribbon is stamped with the inscription "MICKINLEY 1897 INAUGURAL" in gold. The medal is in the shape of a shield and molded with the Vermont state seal.
Context
Worn to the inauguration of William McKinley as President of the United States by Charlotte (Lottie) Brooks of Burlington, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.14
Source or Donor
Follet, Elsie Simonds
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1897
Lexicon
Pin, Political,Ribbon, Political,Symbol, Political,Belief Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Silk
Relationships
McKinley, William (1843-1901)
Burlington, Washington
Slide Whistle
Interpretative Labels
Slide Whistle, 1916-1922 Ludwig & Ludwig (1909-1929) Chicago, Illinois Metal Given in memory of Rinaldo Calcagni, #2010.27 Barre granite workers held strikes in 1915, 1922, 1933, and 1938. Rinaldo Calcagni (1872-1947), a granite cutter originally from Lombardi, Italy, blew this whistle at French-Canadian strike breakers during the 1922 Barre Granite strike. As in prior and later strikes, state authorities were called in to forcibly end the labor action. Like many of his coworkers, Rinaldo Calcagni died of silicosis, a disease of the lungs caused by the inhalation of granite dust.
Name/Title
Slide Whistle
Entry/Object ID
2010.27
Description
Chrome plated brass slide whistle. A wire is inserted into the whistle and attached on the inside to a cork. The outer end of the wire is bent back on itself then turned up into a circle.
Context
"Bozo" slide whistle used by Rinaldo Calcagni during the 1922 granite strike. He blew it at strike breakers when they broke the line.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2010.27
Source or Donor
Calcagni, Elizabeth G.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Rinaldo Calcagni
Made or Created
Ludwig & Ludwig (1909-1929)
1916-1922
Chicago
Lexicon
Whistle,Device, Sound Signaling,Sound Communication Devices,Sound Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Calcagni, Rinaldo (1872-1947)
Barre City
Yard Sign
Interpretative Labels
One of a series of signs made to voice opposition to the planned erection of a telecommunications tower by the Vermont Telephone Co. (VTEL) in Calais, VT. The creator, Scot Richards, says of the signs- "Let these signs attest that the 'little' guys can stand up 'big business' and win!"
Name/Title
Yard Sign
Entry/Object ID
2016.45.2
Description
Wooden (chipboard) sign that depicts a big yellow and gray tower with a "NO" icon superimposed on it. [Red circle with a diagonal line through it.] Pencil sketch lines remain. The sign is screwed to the stake.
Context
Used to protest the erection of a telecommunications tower by the Vermont Telephone Co. in Calais, VT, 2016.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2016.45
Source or Donor
Garfield, Marjorie B.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Richards, Scot (b. 1961)
2016
Calais
Lexicon
Sign, Picket,Sign, Yard,Sign,Placard,Sign, Advertising,Visual Communication Devices,Visual Communication T&E,Advertising Media,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood, Metal
Relationships
Vermont Telephone Company
Calais

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