A “virtual preview” of original artifacts and events related to "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" is now available on the Internet, as this Smithsonian exhibition makes its first stop of a national tour at the Chicago Historical Society, from February 16 to September 2, 2002. Visitors to www.chicagohistory.org will be able to access images of such exhibition highlights as a microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt for his famous “fireside chats,” a formal gown worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and memoirs composed by Ulysses S. Grant. The Web site also features an online “press room” that includes news releases, sponsor and ticket information and background on CHS President Lonnie Bunch, co-curator of The American Presidency.
The Web site also will include information about a variety of programs related to the exhibition featuring such celebrated personalities as journalist Bob Woodward, author Michael Beschloss, playwright Anna Deavere Smith and political strategist Rick Jasculca.
The Web site also spotlights the Chicago Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln collection, including a photo essay and details about the assassinated president’s deathbed. Also planned is an interactive poll asking visitors to vote for who they think was the most influential president, and other issues (with tallies available in real time).
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