CSUB Students Celebrate Election Year Through New Exhibit

Posted at 11:40 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 14:40:55-05

November is here and so is Election Day! To help encourage the power and privilege of voting, as well as inform the community on the milestones and history during some of the presidencies and elections, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) students researched, designed and installed a new exhibit surrounding those topics. “Winner Takes All: Race to the White House,” a new exhibit in the Historical Research Center of the Walter W. Stiern Library is running now through December 15.


This exhibit will display how U.S. presidential elections have evolved over the years and have shaped campaign methods. Exhibit highlights include: political cartoons, the incorporation of music in politics, voting for women’s rights, turn of the century campaigning, technology in the campaign process, the 21st century and more.


Late professor, Dr. Charles McCall also played a big role in helping the exhibit come to fruition. McCall was a founding faculty member of the University and served as the chair of the Political Science Department. He also had the distinction of being appointed by President Gerald Ford as Director of the White House Editorial Staff Research Office. He generously donated a substantial amount of political items, which helped comprise the bulk of this exhibit.


As we near the elections, this will not only provide the CSUB community with a deeper look at the season, but the Bakersfield community as well, as the exhibit is open to everyone.


Gallery hours run Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special collections and Rare Book Room are by appointment only. For more information, contact Chris Livingston, Archivist of the Walter W. Stiern Library at (661) 654-6127 or


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