Canton 's McKinley Museum trying to buy Ida Saxton's diamond tiara from 'Pawn Stars'

CANTON, Ohio - The connection between President William McKinley and his wife Ida goes back a long time.

After the Civil War, McKinley moved to Canton to open a law office. He met his future wife Ida Saxton, who's grandfather started The Repository nearly 200 years ago.

With that in mind, you can imagine the surprise when the curator of the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum Kim Kenney turned on her television and saw a diamond tiara, once owned by Ida McKinley, on the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" .

The next morning Kenney contacted the famous pawn shop and asked what it would take to buy the rare piece of jewelry. She was told it was not for sale. Kenney said she sat down and wrote an old-fashioned letter to the store co-owner Rick Harrison. 

Harrison agreed to sell the tiara to the museum for what he paid for it, $43,000. The catch the offer lasts for only three months, until June 24.

The nonprofit museum does not have that kind of budget, so they immediately started a fund raising campaign.

 

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