A political memorabilia collector will provide a close-up view and an explanation of how presidential campaigns have evolved to the Wauwatosa public next month.
At 7 p.m. May 10, the public is invited to hear Thomas Kitchen speak at the First Congregational Church, 1511 Church St. Kitchen, a Fond du Lac native, has a decade of experience appraising political items. He has collected buttons and other campaign items since his childhood in the 1960s. Community members are also welcome to bring political memorabilia for an appraisal.
Kitchen will bring a tin lantern that promoted the 1900 'Full Dinner Pail' re-election campaign of former U.S. President William McKinley to the presentation. The campaign took basic dinner pails and punched out the slogan, 'McKinley and Roosevelt Four Years More of the Full Dinner Pail,' according to a news release.
Kitchen has been active with the American Political Items Collectors for 45 years and served as an officer for six years.