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Posted on: Sep 20 2013 by admin

Sunday, August 24, 2pm 

The 1840 Presidential Campaign: Quirky Characters and Marvelous Marketing

Presented by Rachel Haider

Some are born to lead, some achieve the chance to lead, and some have outstanding marketing teams to help them to win elections.

(with great apology to William Shakespeare)

In today’s election season, it does not take long to see the influence of advertising dollars on a local, state, or national campaign.  In the process of driving down the highway, listening to the radio, or watching television, we are all introduced to the unforgettable characters of today’s elections.

What about the elections of the past?  How did candidates get the word out to the general public before there was television, radio or the internet?  How did political parties introduce unknown candidates to the masses?  What made the Whig party think of using a marketing genius to introduce their candidate for the 1840 presidential election?

Dubbed the “first modern presidential campaign,” the election of William Henry Harrison as the 9th President was ground breaking in its use of marketing.  His presidency was ground breaking in other ways.  Presenter Rachel Haider will introduce us to the political characters and events surrounding the seating of our 9th and 10th presidents and why we care about them today.

Joining Haider will be members of the cast of the musical Tippecanoe and Tyler Too. Or What Ever Happened to William Henry Harrison.   The musical, produced by Underdog Productions, focuses on the elections of the President Harrison and the subsequent presidency of President Tyler.  It will be performed at the Northfield Arts Guild and at the Lakeville Performing Arts Center in September.

The fee for this event is FREE and open to the public.  Please join the Rice County Historical Society and Underdog Productions for this interesting joint event.

Seating is quite limited and reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a spot or questions, contact the Rice County Historical Society at (507) 332-2121.



Saturday September 13, 8am-2pm.

Flea Market

On the RCHS Grounds

The Rice County Historical Society would like to invite vendors to sell at our first flea market of 2014.  The RCHS will be hosting a Flea Market on Saturday, May 10th from 8am-2pm, rain or shine (or snow!).  The Flea Market will be in the front parking lot of the Rice County Historical Society Museum of History, 1814 NW Second Avenue, Faribault MN.

Vendors are invited to reserve a spot for the Flea Market by making a deposit payment and completing a Vendor Agreement Form.  Vendors can reserve a 10×20” stall for $20 prior to the day of the event. If there are any spaces remaining, they will be available for $25 on the day of the event.  Vendors are encouraged to bring a tarp or table, canopy, or whatever necessary to display your items. First time sellers are welcome! Vendors will be able to set up starting at 7am. For more information, call the RCHS at 507-332-2121.

Our 2013 Flea Markets were a delightful success.  Stop by to see what wonderful treasures are available!  Mark your calendar, and we’ll see you there.

The RCHS will have bottled water and coffee available for purchase.

Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at (507) 332-2121 with any questions.

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