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Hiram College Library Director David Everett displays a palm-size figurine of an animated President Theodore Roosevelt holding his iconic “Teddy Bear.” The playful resin piece is one of dozens in James Peskin’s presidential memorabilia collection, which he and his parents Allan and Barbara Peskin gifted to Hiram College. Displays of the collection will be available for public viewing at Hiram’s library, Kennedy Center and Teachout Price building from Oct. 8 until the 2016 presidential election on Nov. 8.

Hiram College’s love for the American presidency runs deep, and a new collection of memorabilia on the Hiram campus will help bring memories to life. The vast display of presidential memorabilia collected by James Peskin and donated to the College by Peskin and his parents Allan and Barbara Peskin of Cleveland, are available for public viewing. Garfield Presidency Scholars with the Hiram’s James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency compiled and arranged collections on display in the Library, Kennedy Center and Teachout Price building through the Nov. 8 election. 

James Peskin, who has been collecting presidential memorabilia since he was 10, “has an expert knowledge of presidential fact, figure and fictions,” says his father, Allan, a professor emeritus of history at Cleveland State University and author of the biography ”Garfield.” Hiram College Library Director David Everett describes Peskin’s book, published in 1978, as the standard biography of Garfield. The Hiram College Library has two copies of the biography in special collections and three in circulating collections. Nearly 2,000 libraries worldwide hold the Peskin’s book, according to WorldCat.

The displays include commemorative plates, plush toys, campaign memorabilia,  figurines, glassware and other pieces.