First Friday Art Walk
First Friday of Every Month
The Lebanon County Historical Society is a proud participant of the First Friday Art Walk here in the heart of downtown Lebanon, in association with the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts. See the work of local artists and listen to live music, all free to the public. [View/Download the First Friday Art Walk Map »]
Please join us here at the Stoy Museum, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on the First Friday of every month to view our Front Parlor exhibition series.
Current Front Parlor Exhibition
Campaigns in Lebanon County: Yesterday and Today
2016 has so far proved to be one of the most tumultuous election years in recent memory. In the spirit of celebrating the strength of American democracy, the Lebanon County Historical Society is proud to announce the opening of its new temporary exhibit, “Campaigns in Lebanon County: Yesterday and Today”.
The new exhibit features a diverse group of artifacts spanning the late nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries. There is a vast array of political buttons the Society has collected, as well as objects as rare and as perplexing as a Herbert Hoover license plate, a Richard Nixon charm bracelet, and a Bill Clinton nesting doll, complete with painted saxophone. But while the exhibit includes memorabilia of national leaders past and present, such as a local clothing store tray featuring William Jennings Bryan, a portrait of Bull Mooser Theodore Roosevelt, and Barack Obama door hangers, the most impressive part of the exhibit features local election history—dozens of flyers and cards from various candidates are on display. In addition to ballot boxes, the exhibit includes a wheelbarrow Jonestownians used for giving winning candidates a ride around town, nail files for county commissioner candidates, and a portable canvas voting booth. You might even see a portrait of William Bordlemay, the County’s recorder of deeds for over fifty years.
Don’t miss this unique exhibit—‘vote with your feet’ and come to the Lebanon County Historical Society. The campaign exhibit is open to the public during our normal hours of operation, but please call in advance for a tour of the whole museum.