I’m excited to serve as a social ambassador for the Clinton Presidential Center for the year of 2016. As an ambassador I get to share news about the fun family events and educational exhibits hosted at the center. This post is sponsored by the center. I only share content I find interesting and/or of value to my audience. All opinions are mine (not that anyone would want to claim them).

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I recently visited the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas for the Coca-Cola Collectors’ Convention & Family Activities. While this particular event was one-day only, the Coca-Cola: An American Original temporary exhibit runs through Monday, February 15, 2016 (which is also FREE admission day). I highly recommend taking time out to visit this exhibit to see first hand the original artwork and memorabilia from an amazing American brand.

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The day started with a personal tour by Ted Ryan, archivist for the Coca-Cola Company. This dude was animated and passionate about preserving the history of the Coca-Cola brand. I learned so much about this iconic brand from the few minutes spent with Ted.

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For example, did you know that Haddon Sunbloom painted more than 40 original oil artworks featuring Santa Claus and that while Coca-Cola and Sundbloom did not invent Santa Claus, these illustrations evolved into the most popularly held vision of Santa? Wow! Talk about brand influence! This is just one of the many paintings on display in this exhibit.

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Another American icon, Norman Rockwell, was commissioned by the Coca- Cola Company  to paint six different illustrations, including four calendars, one billboard and one magazine ad for the Saturday Evening Post. The Company now possesses three of six original artworks it commissioned from Rockwell between 1928 and 1935, and would like to acquire the other three. Do you have one of them? If so you could be sitting on a fortune and I would like to be your friend.

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As a marketing and brand geek, I was totally surprised and equally impressed to learn the Coca-Cola Polar Bear was introduced in the early 1920’s. The staying power of the Coca-Cola brand is amazing.

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I also found it comforting to find a few misses (in my opinion) like some of the creepy clown ads. What’s with that duck? Ha!

That’s a quick sneak peek of the Coca-Cola: An American Original exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center. I hope you get the chance to visit the exhibit before it closes on Monday, February 15, 2016.