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Weekend at the Museum: First Ladies at the Smithsonian

With all the political excitement that the month of November brings, I thought this would be a good time to share this exhibit with you.  The live exhibition at the Smithsonian is one of the museum’s most visited.  It features 24 dresses worn by First Ladies including the one worn by Michelle Obama.

You can also view the collection online at the Smithsonian’s website.  According to the site, the main gallery displays 14 dresses worn by Grace Coolidge, Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Taft while the new “A First Lady’s Debut” gallery includes 11 gowns worn by first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Michelle Obama.

Visit the online exhibit HERE

Weekend at the Museum – Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Julia Child (1912-2004) was one of America’s favorite chefs. She introduced French cooking to main stream American dining. When Julia moved to California in 2001, she donated her home kitchen from Cambridge, MA to the museum. The kitchen exhibit includes everything… the cabinets, appliances, cookbooks, kitchen table and hundreds of utensils. The exhibit gives viewers an inside look at the working kitchen of one of the most well-known cooks of our time.

The physical exhibit is on-going at the museum. However, for those who can not see it in person, the Smithsonian has created an online experience as well. The online exhibit has photos, a blog with a recipe of the week, news about the kitchen and videos of Julia sharing her “kitchen wisdom.”

To view the exhibit, CLICK HERE

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National Museum of American History – July 1942: United We Stand

The Smithsonian featured an exhibit reflecting on the slogan “United we stand.”  It was really cool.  Marking the 60th anniversary of the United We Stand campaign, the museum had over 100 original magazine covers presented.  Even if you missed the live exhibit, there is a great online tour with the history of the campaign and a gallery of covers.  Here’s a little insight into the exhibit from the website.

“DURING JULY 1942, seven months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan United We Stand, some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

FOR MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U.S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.” READ MORE HERE