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Thomson exhibit explores history of political cartoons

Posted: January 15, 2013 - 5:07pm  |  Updated: January 15, 2013 - 5:22pm
“Compromise with the South,” drawn by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly in July 1864, is among the political cartoons displayed as part of the "Sketching Politics" display at Hickory Hill in Thomson.


An exhibit examining the history of American political cartoons is on display through April at the historic Thomson, Ga., birthplace of one of the state’s more famous politicians.

“Sketching Politics” is now open at Hickory Hill, and examines “the history and power of the political cartoon,” according to a news release from Hickory Hill curator Michelle Zupan.

The exhibit, which runs through April 15, also includes “We the People,” a display of the work of Herblock, the renowned political cartoonist for The Washington Post. The display is provided through the Herblock Foundation.

Hickory Hill is the birthplace of Thomas E. Watson, a former United States senator and polarizing figure of the early 20th century. Watson, who died in 1922 and whose statue stands on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol, also was the former editor and publisher of The Columbia Sentinel, predecessor of The Columbia News.

The home is operated by the Watson-Brown Foundation Inc.



What: Sketching Politics, an exhibition of political cartooning

Where: Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson

When: Through April 15

Cost: The exhibition is included as part of the regular Hickory hill admission, $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for children. School and educational groups are free, but must make reservations.

More: Call (706) 595-7777 or go to www.hickory-hill.org.

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