The Election Night Watch Party this past Tuesday cohosted by SCPC and Student Government in the Russell House was a great success! Around 200 people attended, most staying until the event officially ended at 9pm, though we kept the televisions on and the room open until 11pm. Viewers were treated to free food and tea while watching results roll in on CNN and MSNBC.
A number of people came by to check out SCPC’s political cartoons and artifacts, and we got a few questions about the items and the department. One student remarked that they didn’t know Hollings was public space but will now probably visit after talking to us. Hunter Harley, the organizer of the event from Student Government, made brief remarks around 7:00pm encouraging people to come to our table, followed by remarks from the Carolina Creed Office.
If you’re still feeling in the “election mood”, the library has two exhibits up documenting election history using items from our collection. Presidential Elections: Eisenhower through Obama is on display at the front of Thomas Cooper through November, and Election Day in South Carolina is on display in Hollings library through the end of December.
There is also still a vintage Votamatic voting machine in Hollings where visitors can now vote on their favorite DOG BREED!
By Zach Johnson