This morning, to celebrate Presidents’ Day, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museumunveiled 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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.
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.
Bob O’Connor will make a presentation entitled Harriet Lane -The First Lady of Washington at Renfrew Museum and Park on Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm. The 45-minute program will consist of the history of Harriet Lane and her ties to the Pennsylvania area and her impact in Washington. Lane was the niece of James Buchanan who served as the 15th President of the United States. Since Buchanan wasn’t married Lane served as the official hostess for the White House during his Presidential term.
O’Connor, who lives in Charles Town, WV, is an historian who travels and shares his passion for history. While serving as Director of Tourism in Washington County, Maryland O’Connor became involved in touring historical sites such as Antietam Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He shares Civil War history with groups of all ages and travels cross country to make presentations.
O’Connor’s interest in history was sparked on a 1958 trip to Galesburg, IL where he attended the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Carl Sandburg was the featured speaker. O’Connor worked full-time and part-time as a newspaper reporter, and at various jobs — many that required writing press releases, news articles, or reports. He published his first article when he was in 7th grade – in an Illinois Historical Society for junior high students.
The Harriet Lane presentation is free to the public and will take place in the Wagon Shed Room located inside the Visitors Center. O’Connor will have his books for sale. To learn more about O’Connor please visit his webpage at www.boboconnorbooks.com. For a complete listing of Renfrew Museum and Park’s calendar of events please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org.