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Exhibit showcases San Ramon Valley political history

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 at 1:15 pm in Political events.

Museum of the San Ramon Valley political exhibit

Museum of the San Ramon Valley political exhibit

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is showcasing the early politics of the Danville area in We the People:  A Century of Political History in the Valley, 1900-2000.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 27. The museum is located on the corner of Railroad and Prospect avenues in Danville, and is open 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

It includes historic campaign buttons, signs, newspaper articles, photos and other memorabilia from national, state and local campaigns of the past 100 years.

According to a press museum press release, the exhibit also includes:

Museum of the San Ramon Valley photo of Danville Town Councilman Mike Doyle and John F. Kennedy

Museum of the San Ramon Valley photo of Danville Town Councilman Mike Doyle and John F. Kennedy

“details of Danville and San Ramon’s many attempts at incorporation; and highlights of the life of our early Congressman John Baldwin, who was born and raised in Danville.  The gown worn by John Baldwin’s wife to a presidential inauguration  — which looks surprisingly contemporary to today’s fashion’s — is on display.  There are also some really fun photos of local folks with former presidents — including a very young and dapper looking Danville Council Member Mike Doyle with JFK. (See photo on right.)

Children under 12 are invited to enter an actual polling booth on loan from the Contra Costa Elections Office and vote for their favorite flavor of ice cream or gelato.  Those youth who get out and vote are rewarded with a coupon good for a free gelato from the recently opened Gelato Calssico in Danville next to Lunardi’s.

Read more for the rest of the press release.

The non-partisan exhibit was organized by June Hannon, who has been active in local politics for many years.  She was an I Like Ike Girl in the 1950′s and has remained very involved in elections ever since!  This year June was named Woman of the Year for California State Assembly District 15.  Many of the items on display are on loan from the County Clerk’s Office and from the archives of local residents.

We the People runs  through September 27.  Museum hours are1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  There is no charge for admission, but donations are encouraged.  The Museum is located on the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues in Danville.  A museum store offers unique gifts.  Please call 925-837-3750 or go to www.museumsrv.org for additional information.

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