Decision 2012: Historical Connections

Exhibit Connection

Exhibit Connection

Exhibit Connection

Museums collect objects that tell stories. Often those artifacts are old and tell stories from past chapters in history. Museums also collect objects that will eventually tell the story of what is happening in our world today. Watch this video to learn about some of the more unusual artifacts on display in the Newseum's "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press" exhibit, including a moose costume used on "Saturday Night Live" and a jacket made out of Doritos packaging. As Newseum Registrar Maeve Gaynor Scott explains, "Anything can be an artifact, depending on what its use was."

How do objects tell stories? What does Scott's quote mean? What objects do you think will one day be considered artifacts from the 2012 presidential campaign?

Visit the Newseum to see the costumes, props and other political parody artifacts featured in the video.