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Lifetime pass to Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, presented to General John J. Pershing, about 1920Lifetime pass to Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, presented to General John J. Pershing, about 1920

This gift to Pershing from the people of New York is but one of hundreds of awards, trophies, and tokens presented to the beloved general in recognition of his leadership during World War I. Many of these artifacts came to the Smithsonian after Pershing's death in 1948.

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