National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum Offers Presidentail Likenesses

National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum Offers Presidentail Likenesses

This morning, to celebrate Presidents’ Day, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first complete series of United States President bobbleheads. The series includes each United States President on a base that features a replica of the White House, and each bobblehead is individually numbered to the year that the president was elected. The bobbleheads are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

The collection includes every United States President: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John. F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden.

The bobbleheads are available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order or $1,250 for the complete set. The Joe Biden and Donald Trump bobbleheads are in stock now while the others are expected to ship in May. All bobbleheads include the name of the president on the front of the base and their president number on the back of the base

“We’re excited to release this complete collection of bobbleheads featuring all 45 U.S. Presidents to celebrate Presidents’ Day,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “Each president played an important part in our country’s history, and we think people will enjoy this new series of presidential bobbleheads.”

About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019.  Visit on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Harriet Lane: First Lady of Franklin County

Harriet Lane: First Lady of Franklin County

Born on May 9, 1830 in Mercersburg PA, Harriet Lane served as First Lady for her uncle, 15th President James Buchanan. By the time she was ten, both her mother and father died, so James Buchanan took her into his care.

Harriet was a fun loving child who was the ringleader of schoolgirl pranks, but so was she intelligent with always doing well in her studies. Harriet and her uncle became very close. She was his confidante, and she was exposed to the world of politics—something women did not experience in the Victorian era. When she traveled abroad with her uncle, she endeared herself to kings and queens, always leaving them wanting more of her wit, intelligence and humor. Queen Victoria considered her a true friend.

People, who had concerns and problems, would come to Harriet to ask her to bring an issue to President Buchanan’s attention. For example, a member of the Chippewa nation complained to her that a government agent was selling liquor to his people. She intervened to end abuses by government agents and worked for better medical treatment and educational opportunities. She became known to the Chippewa as “Mother of the Indians.”

After she left the white house, she remained involved in education and the arts. and continued her support. When she died in 1903, an important provision of her will was money be given for the clinic in Baltimore that she and her husband had incorporated in 1883 to care for children regardless of race, creed or the ability of the parents to pay. It was called the Harriet Lane Home for invalid Children, now the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Franklin County is proud to have Harriet Lane as its First Lady.

Read more about Harriet Lane here.

Article by Kelly Spinner.

James Buchanan

James Buchanan

The 15th President of The United States of America, James Buchanan, Jr., was born April 23, 1791, in a log cabin in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (now known as Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park). He was one of eleven children born to James Buchanan Sr., a businessman, merchant, and farmer, and Elizabeth Speer. In 1797, the family moved to nearby Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. The home in Mercersburg was later turned into the James Buchanan Hotel.

Buchanan attended the village’s Old Stone Academy and then Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania, graduating with honors on September 19, 1809. Later that year, he moved to the capital of Pennsylvania. The most prominent lawyer in Lancaster, James Hopkins, accepted Buchanan as an apprentice, and in 1812 Buchanan was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar after an oral exam. Lancaster would remain Buchanan’s home town for the rest of his life.

His political career began in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1814–1816) as a member of the Federalist Party. By 1820, the Federalist Party had largely collapsed, and Buchanan ran for the United States House of Representatives as a “Republican-Federalist.

Buchanan began his presidency on March 4, 1857 and served through 1861. Buchanan is ranked as the worst president in U.S. history. His personal life has attracted historical interest as the only president from Pennsylvania, the only president who remained a life-long bachelor, and the last one born in 18th century. Buchanan caught a cold in May 1868, which quickly worsened due to his advanced age. He died on June 1, 1868, from respiratory failure at the age of 77 at his home at Wheatland, Pennsylvania.

A  pyramid structure stands on the site of the original cabin where Buchanan was born. This memorial in the nation’s capital complemented an earlier monument, constructed in 1907–08 and dedicated in 1911, on the site of Buchanan’s birthplace in Stony Batter, Pennsylvania.

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau Honors Ladies of Franklin County For Women’s History Month

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Honors Ladies of Franklin County For Women’s History Month

Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing important women of Franklin County. By far, the first lady of Franklin County is Harriet Lane, who actually served as “First Lady” when she was the White House hostess for her uncle, 15th President James Buchanan. She also served in a similar role when Buchanan was a diplomat in England. For more information about Harriet Lane’s contributions, read Harriet Lane Johnston (May 9, 1830 to July 3 1903) by Joan C. McCulloh of the Mercersburg Historical Society. Download a copy here. (more…)