The next temporary exhibit at Polk Presidential Hall, "A Delicate Game to Play: James K. Polk's Cabinet," will open on Friday, November 3, 2017. A preview reception will be held on Thursday evening, November 2.
This special exhibition will focus on the eight men (six original appointees and two replacements) who filled the six cabinet level positions in the Polk administration from 1845 to 1849. Except for Secretary of State James Buchanan who was later elected as the 15th U.S. president, these men are mostly forgotten. All were able executives, however, and greatly contributed to the success of Polk's presidency. Among their accomplishments were treaties that added nearly one million square miles of U.S. territory, tariff reform, the creation of the independent treasury system, prosecution of America’s first foreign war, the formation of the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and important reforms to the postal system. The exhibit will feature historical artifacts and documents that illustrate these accomplishments.
"A Delicate Game to Play" will run through April 1, 2018. Exhibit tickets will be available at the Polk Home's front desk for $5 per adult and $3 per child Guests who buy Polk Home admission tickets will be able to see the exhibition for an extra $2.