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NYC children's museum features election-themed documents

Associated Press Associated Press 29/09/2016

NEW YORK — The Children's Museum of Manhattan is teaching kids with hands-on political history.

Its new exhibition features documents with authentic autographs from U.S. presidents. They're covered in plastic glass, and some are hung low enough for children to touch.

Highlights include two original pages of Abraham Lincoln's handwriting covering a legal settlement. The exhibit also has one of Richard Nixon's resignation letters and personal checks signed by Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt.

Young museum-goers can sit at a child-sized Oval Office desk, use a pretend voting booth and participate in mock elections.

Organizers say the exhibit's contemporary presidential portraits feature "a splash of color and whimsy."

The documents are from the private collection of the late Fred B. Tarter.

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