Counting Ballots before the Cameras in 1944

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Election Night, Nov. 7, 1944: Franklin D. Roosevelt, a democrat, was running for his fourth term, with running mate, Harry S.Truman, against Republican Thomas E. Dewey, and running mate Sen. John Bricker. Election returns were broadcast over radio, newswires, and recorded by the newsreels.  The election returns came in by telegraph and phone from all over the US, tabulated by election workers and posted on this board for all to see. More than 56 percent of the eligible Americans voted.  Final tally was 432 to 99, giving FDR his fourth term. However, just a few months after his inauguration, he passed away, and VP Truman became the 33rd president of the United States. 

— Courtesy, The Museum of Public Relations


The Museum of Public Relations Fundraiser to Digitize Artifacts

The Museum of Public Relations, the world’s only museum dedicated to the field, has launched a major initiative to digitize its artifacts– in order for the archive to become accessible to students, educators and professionals around the world, especially during the COVID-19 quarantine.  Any donation would be very appreciated.  Kindly donate through this link: https://www.prmuseum.org/donate-1

The Museum’s collection, which has been closed since March, is comprised of more than 2500 rare documents, photos, oral histories and books preserving and chronicling the century-old history of the PR field. The Museum also demonstrates the often under- recognized impact that the field has had on business, culture, politics and society.

Through its recent collaborations with CommPRO the Museum has co-produced a series of exploring the intersection between politics and public relations, including programs featuring CNN’s legal analyst Michael Zeldin interviewing Amb. Andrew Young, John Dean and Brian Stelter. 

Since its beginnings 25 years ago, the Museum has been recognized as the Number One online resource for PR education, with its video interviews of Edward Bernays, Dan Edelman and Harold Burson being among its most downloaded resources. The Museum site also features  photographs, copies of rare books, a PR world-history timeline and a video repository of the many events the Museum has produced over the last several years. These have included six annual diversity events, celebrating, “Black PR History,” “Latino PR History,” and most recently, “The AAPI Community in Public Relations,” all of which pay tribute to the very rich diversity of the field’s history

The Museum’s outreach to students and professionals around the world includes guest lectures to universities in Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, as well as events which attract an international audience, such as the recent “How the World Would Vote” program produced with the Worldcom PR Group and watched by more than 400 professionals worldwide.

Those interested in supporting the Museum’s digitization efforts should visitprmuseum.org/donate-1

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