About the Exhibition
Carefully acquired over more than fifty years, the Mark Family Collection consists of documents, images, and objects that give unique perspective on more than two centuries of American history. Focusing on presidential leadership and major turning points in the history of the United States, this exhibition opens windows in the hearts, minds, and councils of the most influential leaders of our nation.
The treasures featured in Windows on America rival the Smithsonian collections. Beginning with a letter from George Washington, the exhibition is graced by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. Some of the notable highlights include:
- An exact reproduction of the Declaration of Independence
- House of Representatives copy of the Thirteenth Amendment
- Swatch of fabric from Lincoln's Fords Theatre Chair
- The letter, pierced by a bullet, that was in Teddy Roosevelt's pocket during an assassination attempt in 1912 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- The only copy of the Atlantic Charter signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt
- John F. Kennedy's Oval Office Table and Rocking Chair
OregonLive, June 07, 2013
In 1820,John Quincy Adams hired William J. Stone to create an exact replica of the Declaration of Independence—every flourished signature of each Founding Father, every phrase that shaped the foundation of the United States of America. Stone made 201 copies. Melvin "Pete" Mark, Portland real estate executive, has one. The print is one of about 300 pieces of presidential history Mark has collected over 50 years. For the first time, he's moving them from a vault to the walls of the Oregon History Museum for "Windows on America: The Challenges of Presidential Leadership," open June 15 to Oct. 31.