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Governor Wilder Inauguration

Today, events associated with gubernatorial inaugurations include a church service, a parade, the swearing-in, receptions, and balls. As campaigns have increased in cost, inaugural committees have turned to marketing to use inaugural balls and receptions as a means to raise funds. The inaugural committee for James S. Gilmore III, in 1998, recognized the public's insatiable desire for memorabilia and offered a catalog of keepsakes in its invitation package.

Invitation to the inauguration of Governor Gilmore

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