Campaign button collectors converge on Canton and show off memorabilia from Washington to Obama

CANTON, Ohio - Thousands of campaign buttons and other political memorabilia from all eras of American history are on display in Canton.

The event, organized by the American Political Items Collectors, is taking place at The McKinley Hotel at 320 Market Avenue South.

The APIC group's interest in politics covers a wide array of time periods, including George Washington's first inauguration and Lincoln's campaign, as well as the Civil War era and related items.

Emphasis is also placed on all eight of the Ohio Presidents - not just William McKinley, who was from Canton.

Several collectors and those looking to buy or sell historical items attended the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

It continues on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free on Saturday.

One of the collectors, Ted Hake, 70, from York, Pennsylvania showed off a 1789 George Washington inaugural button that he estimated to be worth $1,000.

He has been collecting political items since high school and finds the hobby fascinating.

"It's still a mystery. There's so much of it everywhere you go, even after 50 years, I see new things," Hake said.

The event also features a display of John F. Kennedy campaign items as well as 1963 memorial items created after his assassination.

November 23 will mark 50 years since Kennedy was killed.

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