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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will soon be adding artifacts that reflect the contributions of daytime television programming to the national entertainment collection in a special ceremony that continues an on-going partnership with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The donations—from “Days of Our Lives,” in celebration of the show 50th Anniversary, will be presented by Deidre Hall, Susan Seafoth Hayes and Executive Producer, Greg Meng who is also the author of the 50th Anniversary book.
The objects range from show scripts and original art to set props and other memorabilia, including sets of the iconic Horton Family Christmas Ornaments and a pledge of the iconic Hourglass which has opened each episode for 50 years.
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at 12:00 Noon at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W. Washington D.C. 20560.
The ceremony celebrates a collecting initiative put in place last year by the museum in partnership with NATAS that aims to help the museum expand its capacity to tell the story of daytime television and the Daytime Emmy Awards.
“Everyone at NATAS is thrilled to continue our relationship with the Smithsonian and Daytime television by bringing these iconic items and stars from “Days of Our Lives” to the museum,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We already have plans for another very exciting Donation Ceremony next spring with some great surprises!”
For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.