WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Museum of North Texas History is hoping its new exhibit called "Politician's Poll Boxes & Public Servants Participating in Politics" can not only inform visitors about elections past and present but also inspire them to become more politically engaged.
In 63 days, the country will elect a new President to lead our country. In the previous presidential election, Wichita County saw only a little over 30% of the population take part and cast a ballot. Museum Executive Director Charles Campbell said he hopes that their most recent exhibit will help those numbers increase.
"Part of what we are trying to do here is to tell people how they can get involved in the political process and in government," said Campbell.
The beginning of the exhibit leads you through the various views and opinions on voting issues prevalent in today's society from Presidential Candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party's Jill Stein. Visitors can even test themselves by using their smart phones and visiting the site www.isidewith.com in an effort to know which candidate shares the majority of their political views.
Campbell even shows visitors without an electronic device how they can use a political compass to tell where the candidates fall on a liberal to conservative scale.
Visitors can also view the various memorials from previous elections, including pins and products pushed by previous local, state and national Democrats and Republicans.
Campbell also placed information on how locals can take part in both the current and future elections when it comes to voting and running for office. One of Campbell's favorite sections includes quotes from previous political leaders like President Thomas Jefferson.
"That basically says says we don't have a government by the majority, we have a government by the majority of those who participate, which is really important and that is kind of the central theme of this exhibit," said Campbell.