: This souvenir program for the 1965 Alliance Carnation Festival includes a proclamation from Ohio Governor James Rhodes, information about the festival and its history, a schedule of events with additional details about featured highlights, and descriptions of local Alliance institutions and landmarks.
Alliance became known as the "Carnation City" in 1876, when Dr. Levi Lamborn began giving William McKinley a carnation prior to their congressional debates. McKinley, who was a close friend of Lamborn, considered the carnation a good luck charm and wore them throughout his career as Ohio governor and later president of the United States. The carnation became the state flower of Ohio in 1904 in remembrance of the assassinated president. In 1959, Alliance was officially designated "Carnation City" and the first Carnation Festival was held the following summer in 1960. View on Ohio Memory.
: PA814_20_01 Subjects
: Festivals; Plants and Animals; Flowers; Ohio state symbols; Places
: Alliance (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)