The North Carolina Collection and the NCC Gallery held a very nice event last night, focusing on the Gallery’s current exhibit, “SOAPBOXES AND TREE STUMPS: Political Campaigning in North Carolina.” Lew Powell, forum editor for the Charlotte Observer and donor of the Lew Powell Memorabilia Collection, gave a gallery talk, highlighting items from his collection that were used in the exhibit. In addition, Rob Christensen, political columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, spoke about his recent book, The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina. In honor of the event and exhibit, the North Carolina Collection created a keepsake poster (partial image below). The pinback buttons used in this poster can all be found in the Powell Collection at the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library. Thanks to the hard work and web wizardry of Andy Jackson from the Davis Library Systems Department, you can view and read about all of the buttons featured in the poster at Vote For Me: Political Campaigning in North Carolina (2008 Poster).