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North Highlands Community Museum

Plate, Commemorative


Accession number: 2013.4.317
Category: Memorabilia
Date: 1909 – 1912
Materials: Semi Vitreous Porcelain
Measurements: 23.5 cm Diameter
Marks/Label: The plate has a picture of a house and a USA Flag.  Written on front of plate :Summer Home of President Taft Beverly Mass"
On back is "Coronation McNicol".
Narrative:

Ina Rawding collected this plate and gave it to her daughter Ruth Morrison. President Taft rented this home as his summer house during his presidency. He later became the president of Yale law school. 

Shortly after the 1908 election and 1909 inauguration of William Howard Taft, he was thinking of how to escape the heat of Washington, both politically and climatically. You have to remember that in 1909 there were no air-conditioned offices.

For the previous sixteen years he and his family had vacationed in Canada, on the shores of Murray Bay, halfway between Quebec city and Saguenay.  But he quickly realized that it would not be "correct" for the President to summer on "foreign soil', so began his search for a location within the borders of the United States of America.

Although they looked at many homes along the North Shore, Nellie Taft finally decided on the green, shingled, fourteen-room "cottage" of the late John B. Stetson of Boston, know as "Stetson Hall" that was located on Woodbury Point, between Beverly Cove and Hospital Point.

Description: The plate has a picture of a house and a USA Flag.  Written on front of plate :Summer Home of President Taft Beverly Mass"
On back is "Coronation McNicol".