Historic Campaign Buttons, Hippies, and More

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Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

August 16, 1956: McKinley, Bryan Buttons Collected by Student Here

That quadrennial phenomenon known to the politically-minded at the National Nominating Convention, and to the television observer as a circus, stirs many to fond memories. The wide-open blustery conventions of yesteryear are remembered by few, but one Summer School student can conjure up a panorama of past politics via his unusual collection of campaign buttons.

Bert Sugar, an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, has maintained an assemblage of campaign pins for a period of some eight years, and numbers within his collection pins dating back to the second nomination of Ulysses Simpson Grant in 1872, and continuing up to the present campaign. The most valuable items in the collection are two large buttons for the McKinley inauguration in 1900 and for his first nomination in 1896. Among Sugar's more than 3,000 buttons are ones for William Jennings Bryan, Samuel Tilden, Rutherford B. Hayes, Wendell Wilkie, Alfred Landon, Alfred Smith, Herbert Hoover and Alton B. Parker.

August 16, 1963: Folksing Tonight Benefits March

Jackie Washington, the Silver Leaf Gospel Singers, and Eric Von Schmidt head the bill for a folksing tonight in Sanders Theater at 8 p.m. The proceeds of the event, sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Liberal Union, will be donated to the Greater Boston Committee for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Four thousand marchers from the Boston area are expected to travel to Washington Aug. 28. Present estimates for the total number of demonstrators is about 200,000.

August 18, 1967: Council To Rid Holyoke of 'Undesirables'

When the City Council convened Monday after about a month's recess, everyone expected a hot debate to develop on the new Harvard Square traffic plan. But oddly enough, there was not even a mention of it.

Instead, the councillors attacked other heavy traffic—not drugs, not underground publications, not rats. But hippies. Harvard's hippies at Holyoke Center.

August 16, 1977: New JFK School To Open in a Year

Workmen should finish construction on the new John F. Kennedy School of Government in time for the building to open for the 1978 school year, the school's assistant dean said this week.

Ira A. Jackson '70 said work on the new building "is moving at a hellish pace," and should be completed by August 1978.

Compiled by Julie M. Zauzmer