Upcoming Events

"The Face of a President": Campaign Posters for Kids

Intended for children ages 8-12, this 10 a.m. program on political print making will include a tour of the exhibit "The Face of a President" and an opportunity for children to make their own campaign posters.

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"The Face of a President": Campaign Posters for Kids

Intended for children ages 8-12, this 2 p.m. program on political print making will include a tour of the exhibit "The Face of a President" and an opportunity for children to make their own campaign posters.

Details

Upcoming Exhibits

For more information on upcoming events or exhibits, please call (931) 388-2354.

See the Largest Collection of Polk Artifacts in the Country

Guests to the James K. Polk Home and Museum will enjoy a 30-minute docent-guided tour of the main house and a self-guided tour of the Polk Sisters’ House, gardens, kitchen building, and Polk Presidential Hall.
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The Face of a President

The Face of a President

Until the late 1820’s, most Americans had never seen pictures of their national leaders. The advent of lithography and photography “gave a face” to the President and other elected officials, and transformed politicians into celebrities.

James K. Polk is an ideal subject for a study on the changing technology of portraiture. Like his political predecessors, he sat for artists whose paintings preserved his image for posterity; however, his career also coincided with the widespread distribution of lithographs and the invention of photography.

The original exhibition “The Face of a President” will feature painted portraits, lithographs, and daguerreotypes of Polk and other political figures as well as the innovative equipment that produced the images. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibit runs June 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

Current Exhibit

Please call (931) 388-2354 for information regarding Polk Presidential Hall exhibits.


Location

The James K. Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 W. 7th Street in downtown Columbia, TN.

Free parking is available in the lot across 7th Street or along High Street on the east side of the main house.

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