In the spirit of President and Mrs. Obama’s belief that change happens from the bottom up, we hosted community events in Chicago, Iowa, and Hawaiʻi to discover some of the objects that will inform the Museum’s collection and to hear the stories of the people who held onto them.

When the Obama Presidential Center opens on the South Side of Chicago, the core exhibit galleries of the museum will emphasize the grassroots nature of President Obama’s path to the presidency within the larger context of American democracy.

Check out some of the wonderful objects and stories we’ve discovered so far.

Nancy Bobo Des Moines, IA
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Lazerick Vaughen Chicago, IL
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Kealoha Fox Honolulu, HI
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Marieth Mitchell Chicago, IL
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Kimberly Reed Des Moines, IA
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Diane Nelson Chicago, IL
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Mike Smith Chicago, IL
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Richard Pyle Honolulu, HI
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Pier Smith Chicago, IL
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Jordan Oster Des Moines, IA
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Ghian Foreman Chicago, IL
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David Cihla Chicago, IL
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This is just the beginning. Right now, we're looking for materials related to the Obama Presidency and Administration. Learn more about how you can contribute to the collection of artifacts we’re building for the Obama Presidential Center Museum.

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