|Fall 2006||Volume 14 Number 2|
The Traveling Exhibit Highlights Cohen in Congress
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With the mid-term elections only months away, critics of Congress seem
to be everywhere. But how well do they (or we) understand how Congress
A new exhibit from the William S. Cohen Papers at the Raymond H. Fogler Library seeks to shed light on how Congress is designed to work and what politicians actually do on a day to day basis in Washington. Titled Cohen, Congress and Controversy: Rediscovering civics in the archives, the six-panel exhibit uses facsimiles of photographs, handwritten notes, speeches and campaign memorabilia from the former congressman’s political papers to bring the legislative branch into focus.
|Topics include Bill Cohen's
successful 1972 bid for Maine’s second congressional district seat; the
powers of Congress granted by the Constitution; the busy life of a
senator, using Cohen's book about his first year there; and the
oversight role of Congress, illustrated with documents from the
Watergate and Iran-Contra investigations. The freestanding exhibit also
includes interactive panels designed to appeal to young children.
“The Cohen Papers are open for research,” says Fogler Library Dean Joyce Rumery. “This traveling exhibit invites people all across Maine to glimpse the richness of the collection.”
Secretary Cohen donated his political papers, 1,500 boxes of documents and photographs, to Fogler Library at the University of Maine in 1996. He added a selection of Department of Defense material on 16 compact disks in 2001. The University of Maine is also home to the William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce.
The exhibit will travel to venues along the route of Cohen’s 1972 campaign walk from the New Hampshire border to Fort Kent. To celebrate the start of the tour, the Bethel Historical Society hosted an evening reception followed with a lecture by Bowdoin College professor and former Cohen campaign manager, Chris Potholm. The exhibit moved to the Wilton Free Public Library in early September and the Lewiston Public Library in late October.
More information about the exhibit and its schedule can be obtained by calling Paige Lilly at (207) 581-2665, or emailing to email@example.com.
Exhibit information is on the web at: http://library.umaine.edu/cohen/exhibit/exhibit.htm
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