A Visit to the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum
NILES, Ohio– The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum was built in 1915 and dedicated and opened to the public in 1917. The tribute to President William McKinley was built by Joseph Butler, a good friend of McKinley and who is also responsible for the Butler Institute of American Art.
The museum houses a plethora of artifacts from the president’s life, both personal and political. Museum director, Belinda Weiss, says the museum is currently in the process of rebranding to draw in more visitors from across the states, but especially local visitors.
“This was built because of McKinley being from this area and the fact that half a million dollars was raised to build this came from a lot of citizens just donating a couple dollars here and there,” says Weiss. “It just showcases that as well, that it really was a community effort, as well as, a nation wide effort to have the place built.”
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