New Exhibit: Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley

Only 1 week until election day!

Not surprisingly, there have been a lot of fairly local visits recently by major candidates, as Ohio is typically an important “battleground” state.

This has long been the case, and consequently, there are many wonderful photographs in our Dayton Daily News Archive of U.S. Presidents (some of them still just “presidential hopefuls” at the time) visiting the Miami Valley on their campaign trail.

We have featured a selection of these in an exhibit this semester: Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley. You can see this exhibit in the lobby of Dunbar Library, on either side of the center stairwell.

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 1

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 1

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 2

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 2

Here are some close-ups of a few photographs from the exhibit:

Huge crowd on 3rd and Main to hear John F. Kennedy speak at the Old Courthouse, Oct 18, 1960

Huge crowd on 3rd and Main to hear John F. Kennedy speak at the Old Courthouse, Oct 18, 1960

The Dick Nixon Special arrives in Bellefontaine, 1953

The Dick Nixon Special arrives in Bellefontaine, 1953

Truman speaking in Bellefontaine, undated

Truman speaking in Bellefontaine, undated

George H. W. Bush gives two thumbs up to the enthusiastic crowd at Hobart Arena in Troy, Oct. 1988

George H. W. Bush gives two thumbs up to the enthusiastic crowd at Hobart Arena in Troy, Oct. 1988

Some of the photographs in the exhibit are also featured in posts on our Dayton Daily News Archive blog by searching for presidents.

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