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Help bring Ida's tiara back to Ohio!
One of the two 'wings' on Ida McKinley's diamond tiara is visible in this photograph of the First Lady.A few weeks ago, Ida McKinley's diamond tiara (seen in the photo at right) was sold on the History Channel's Pawn Stars show. The tiara is made up of two, diamond-encrusted wings shapes on a plain band. In the photo you can see one of the wings clearly at the base of the feather. The wings are removable to be worn as pins.

The day after the show, the curator of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton, Ohio, called the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas to inquire about purchasing the tiara. She was told it was not for sale. The curator then sent Rick Harrison a letter, letting him know if he ever changed his mind about selling, the museum would be interested.

Last week Harrison called back! He said that he would be willing to sell the tiara to the museum for what he paid for it. He explained that he wanted to feature the tiara on the TV show because he is national spokesman for the Epilepsy Foundation. Since Ida suffered from epilepsy, he thought the artifact would help raise awareness for the disease.

Harrison paid $43,000 for the tiara. Although the McKinley Museum does not usually purchase artifacts, it is making an exception for this important piece. A fundraiser has been launched to raise the $43,000. Harrison has agreed to hold the artifact for three months to allow time to raise the money.

Now, the McKinley Museum needs your help!

If you would like to contribute to the fund for Ida's tiara, please send a check to:

Ida McKinley Tiara Fund

McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW

Canton OH 44708

If you would prefer to make a donation via credit card, please call 330-455-7043.

No donation is too small! With your help, the McKinley Museum can reach its goal of acquiring an important artifact from the McKinley administration!