Celebrate October with several dedications

Those interested in presidential memorabilia, and particularly presidents from Ohio, will likely want to visit an interesting exhibit in Lancaster, Ohio. I came across the article last week in the Chicago Tribune. “The Ohio Presidents: Surprising Legacies” opened last month in the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, about 30 miles southeast of Columbus. According to the article by Julie Carr Smith of the Associated Press, the exhibit covers an approximately 80 year period beginning in 1840.

The exhibit presents a host of interesting items and artifacts that aren’t typically known by the general public, according to the article. One interesting fact is that the Easter Egg Roll was instituted by Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife Lucy, beginning in 1878. The White House Christmas tree was begun by Caroline Harrison, wife of Benjamin Harrison in 1889. Both these events have become traditions at the White House.

The show also presents four different aspects of each of the Ohio presidents’ lives: Home life; campaign; time at the White House and their deaths.

Being a trivia team member, I’m pretty sure that Ohio ranks Number 1 as being the state that most presidents hail from. They include: William Henry Harrison (who died after just 31 days into his term as president). The elder Harrison is also credited with giving the longest inaugural address – in the cold and rain. That probably contributed to his getting sick and dying about a month later. Other Ohio natives that served as president included: Rutherford B. Hayes; Benjamin Harrison; Ulysses S. Grant; Warren G. Harding; William Howard Taft; and James Garfield and William McKinley. Tragically, Garfield and McKinley were both assassinated. More information about this exhibit is at www.decartsohio.org or via telephone at (740) 681-1423.

And other related Ohio information -- History buffs may also want to check out David McCullough’s “The Pioneers, The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West” which chronicles Ohio’s transformation from a territory to a state. I recently read this book and enjoyed learning about the early settlers to Ohio and how they coped with a variety of obstacles. At that time in our history, Ohio was the western-most area in the United States!

And although not from Ohio, former President Jimmy Carter, of Georgia, marked his 95th birthday the other day, making him the longest living president!! Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Those interested in bidding and buying can check out some of the upcoming auctions I received via e-mail for some upcoming sales:

Material Culture's Art360: Fine, Folk, Outsider & Ethnographic Art auction is slated for Sunday, October 13th, online and at the gallery in Philadelphia, Pa. The sale showcases Material Culture's commitment to artistic production of all cultures, genres and schools. By design, the Art360 auction contains the broadest range of fine art, national and international, fine and affordable. Online bidding is through LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Matt Wilcox at (267) 809-6378; or, you can email him at mwilcox@materialculture.com.

An Estate Art & Antiques Auction is planned for Saturday, October 19th, by Ripley Auctions, online and at the gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Headlining the event will be the spectacular Chinese carved canopy bed that singer Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash shared in their home in Hendersonville, Tennessee for 35 years. The bed was sold in 2005, after the home was sold following the deaths of both Mr. and Mrs. Cash, for a reported $100,000. The auction will also feature John J. Audubon prints, antique bisque dolls, photographs by Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt and others, and political buttons. Online bidding is via the Ripley Auctions website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Kristen Hein at (317) 251-5635; or, you can email her at kristen@ripleyauctions.com

An online-only Fall Exceptional Antiquities Sale is Saturday, October 19th, by Ancient Resource Auctions, based in Montrose, Calif. Offered will be over 400 lots of fine, museum-quality ancient and ethnographic antiquities, to include authentic and well-provenanced ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Islamic, Byzantine and pre-Columbian antiquities, also to include a selection of natural history and fossil items. Internet bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call (818) 425-9633; or, you can send an email to ancientresourceauctions@yahoo.com.

An Autumn Fine Estates Auction is Sunday, October 20th, by Ahlers & Ogletree, online and at the gallery in Atlanta, Ga. Highlight lots include a color lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a hand-painted porcelain figurine model by Professor Theodor Karner, an oil on canvas landscape painting by Wolf Kahn, and a pair of armchairs once owned by Katharine Hepburn. Online bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.comHiBid.comBidsquare.com and Auctionzip.com. If you need additional info about this auction, you may call Elizabeth Rickenbaker at (404) 869-2478; or, e-mail her at elizabeth@aandoauctions.com.

And also keep in mind that in addition to October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is also Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month; National Pizza Month; and National Arts and Humanities Month, among others. Antique lovers can celebrate the arts by shopping for and acquiring more beautiful antiques, whether it’s furniture; china or paintings/sculptures or other vintage pieces. Celebrate Columbus Day and have fun! And it’s just a few short weeks to Halloween, an unofficial holiday that is fun for everyone!! Costumes and candy – what a great combination!

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