From an Indiana University Announcement for an upcoming exhibition at the Mathers Museum that has been researched and curated by Traditional Arts Indiana:
This exhibit features the expressive nature of John Schoolman's political walking sticks. From World War I to the War in Iraq, Mr. Schoolman has vivid memories. His lively character and strong sense of "patriotism" is expressed in the colors, shapes, and creative figures on his walking sticks. Each cane displays recognizably political motifs, sayings and political figures.
In addition, they reflect his distinct relationship to his community and the nation from the vantage point of one whose life has spanned a century. This exhibit will explore the way that people relate to their nation through art, expressing their individuality through traditional forms.