September 15th, 2008
09:32 AM ET
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Preston on Politics: Memorabilia helps preserve convention

 Delegates applaud during the opening session of the Republican National Convention.
Delegates applaud during the opening session of the Republican National Convention.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The fireworks over Denver and balloon drop in St. Paul are distant memories of the 2008 presidential conventions, but Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird hope the handful of Democratic and Republican delegates who pledged to help preserve history keep their word.

Watch: Preserving convention history

While the international media descended upon Colorado and Minnesota to report on the day-to-day activities of the presidential conventions, Rubenstein and Bird were present to chronicle the daily lives and moods of the delegates for future generations.

They work for the Smithsonian Institution, and they are tasked with putting together a historical narrative of these unique national events that bring together political activists every four years to help select the next president.

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  1. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Got any stuffed wolves gunned down from airplanes or cute buttons saying "My VP is Hotter Than Your VP"? Like the Maltese Falcon, "the stuff that dreams are made of"...

    September 15, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Mccain Palin=Bush

    Democrat Convention was better Only thing the Republican said is Drill Drill Drill and Smear against Obama if we let these lying Republican Win this Year I hope Russia Destroys us

    September 15, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The contrast between those who attended each convention was remarkable.

    September 15, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Shari, NY

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Look at age bracket, etc., of the PALIN/mc cain followers.

    September 15, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. spiderweb

    "Hats, buttons, sweaters, wooden axes, and yes, even a fly swatter are handled with the greatest of care." In compiling your memorabilia, make note of the diversity of each convention. The color of the people tells something about the two parties. Take this advice and smoke it. Don't leave this out! It's just as important as the "things" you collect!

    September 15, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Open Your 3rd Eye

    OLD PEOPLE ARE FOOLED EASILY.

    THEY SCREWED US.

    September 15, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. florence

    If this very election fall into the hands of Republicans again, that will simply mean that the economy is strong as Bush said, Palin is qualified to lead this Country in time of crisis, John Maccain is telling the truth to the Ohioan and the American people and problem of color will still hunt us untill we rise together or we fall together real hard. lets give this country to Maccain lets see how many friends we are going to have vs enemies.

    September 15, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Moe, NY

    Oh yea, the memorabilia from the Republican convention will go down in history, especially those sexist political buttons/pins they displayed..."Hot"...give me a break! If it wasn't so disgusting, it would be laughable.

    September 15, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    just by looking at the picture, I knew it was the repugs' convention before I read a singe line of the article.

    The people in this photo are not smart enough to see thru mcsenile and the repugs endless lies. Everytime I ask myself who's dumb enough to believe Palin/Mcain, i can look at this photo.

    September 15, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Wonder if they'll buy any of the racist "Obama Waffle Mix" or the "Curious George" button. These were items presented by the the loathesome right-wing values groups.

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Memroabilla preserves the convention.........and at the same time, the nation is going down the tiolet.........that makes all Americans feel good......

    September 15, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Obama/The Man With The Plan

    Well my memory will be of how truly diverse the Democratic Convention was. It was a multi-spectrum of races all coming together for change in America. It made me proud. Quite contrary to the Republican Convention which was a sea of white faces wanting to maintain the status quo. It looked like something out of the 60's, not the 21st Century.

    September 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. joe m

    do we have to preserve those hats that the delegates from both sides wore? yikes!

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. mitchell

    dems convention will go down in history as the time we stood up for unity and change in our downward slide.

    reps covention will go down in history as the most hateful, lie-ridden, worst than ever before , sleaze.

    it was a mistake for republicans to question ours and our candidates patriotism. dems and indies and repubs" have all fought, bled, and many have died ,under the same proud flag" [barack obama exceptance speech]

    September 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Bob

    Memorabilia, neat. Can I get one of the American Flags that the Repugs stole from the Democrat Convention. And then lied and said the Dems threw the flags away.

    September 15, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Ovitshio Branco from Arizona

    50 % of United States population are ignorant and Bigots, vote to who they relate too rather than voting for the person with intelligence and Judgement to lead this nation. This country is going to the drain say good bye to being the super power.

    September 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    Why not give the same attention to 3rd-Parties in this country, Smithsonian!!!

    September 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Jane, DC

    I saw this video and thought it was facinating. The Smithsonian does a great job for all Americans.

    Go Smithsonian !

    September 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Wake Up Zombies!!!

    Oh look...a bunch of old white people. That's America alright.

    September 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Jeff Brown

    One look at the picture tells you the story. A bunch of blue hairs who watch Faux News and only read USA today are the ones who vote for clowns like this!

    September 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Harry

    the republican party destroyed AMERICA.

    September 15, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. My Friends, let me tell you

    I did a great job getting everyone at the homes for the elderly to my convention,as you can see by this photo.

    September 15, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. kevin

    Pretty easy to tell which convention this was just by looking at the picture.

    September 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Angie

    I think there needs to be a IQ test before you can vote. I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box, but some of these folks getting fooled by the Palin smoke and mirrors parlor tricks, scare the heck out me.

    September 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Shari, NY

    Senior citizens are usually warned about scams and still fall into a trap . I would suggest that young folks have a heart to heart talk with gramps and gramma about poli-tricks, especially now.

    September 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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