The George Gallup Opinion Polls are among the most respected surveys in the world, and the founder’s grandchildren, who live in Blount County, have set up Library exhibits that will continue until May 31 in all display cases.
“George Gallup: Political Polls, History and Americana Collections” are featured exhibits coordinated by Alison Gallup and George Gallup IV.
Alison and George IV are grandchildren of George Gallup Sr., founder of the Gallup Opinion Polls, and they have lived in Blount County for more than a decade. Their father, George Gallup Jr., continued the business, even continuing as Chairman for nearly two decades after he sold the company. George Gallup Jr. also had a home in Blount County.
George Jr. passed away in November 2011, and while his children were sorting through storage units of political collections and memorabilia, they had the inspiration to offer to do an exhibit at the Blount County Public Library, so they called Joan VanSickle Sloan at the library. Sloan, while being somewhat taken aback by their generous offer, gladly made arrangements for the “George Gallup Family” exhibits.
“Our father loved the Blount County Library,” Alison said, “and he was in the building many times.”
“While my brother and I were going through his things, we thought it would be a suitable tribute to our dad and grandfather to do an exhibit in their honor.”
The exhibits at the library include:
- George Gallup: Political Posters, History, Photographs and Anecdotal stories a political pollster exhibit, on the Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda area of the Main Gallery.
- George Gallup: Political Campaign Buttons in two display cases in the Mid-Gallery area of the library across from the Bookmark Café.
- George Gallup: Political Campaign Bottles, a Ballot Box, Framed Autograph and pictures of George Gallup in one vertical case in the Entry Rotunda.
- Gallup Family Americana Collections in three square pedestal cases in the Entry Rotunda.
- Gallup Family in the Genealogy display case near the Reference Genealogy
In addition to the exhibit, Alison Gallup will also speak at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, June 16, describing the “History of the Gallup Poll: the Inside Story” which will include a description of the methodology of the poll as well as family anecdotes and stories of her life as child/grandchild of these men who achieved prominence for their work but who, she says, were very warm, kind, approachable people.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.