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For more than 50 years, Portland business and civic leader Melvin “Pete” Mark has collected hundreds of presidential artifacts, which until now have only been shown in private viewings.
Now these historic objects and documents are making an exclusive first-ever public appearance in an exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society Museum titled Windows on America.
From June 15-Oct. 31, 2013, visitors to the museum in downtown Portland will be able to take a glimpse into the lives of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy and many other presidents during a tour of this world-class collection.
Among the more than 100 artifacts on display are the paper speech from President Theodore Roosevelt’s pocket that was pierced by a bullet during an attempted assassination in 1912, a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence by William J. Stone commissioned by John Quincy Adams, the coffee table from former President John F. Kennedy’s oval office and a landscape plan for the Mount Vernon estate drawn by George Washington himself.