Old ivy from Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia

This piece of ivy belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W. Huidekoper of Washington, D.C. Frederic Huidekoper was a prominent figure in the American railroad and steel industries. This souvenir came to the museum along with Huidekoper’s collection of geological specimens gathered throughout the country during his railroad and steel days. Though the museum’s scientists pronounced the ivy as “worthless,” it was accepted as part of the collection.
Gift of Mrs. Frederic W. Huidekoper, 1909
Object Name
wood fragment
Physical Description
wood, ivy (overall material)
overall approximately: 2 in x 2 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm
associated place
United States: Virginia, Mount Vernon
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Souvenir Nation
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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