Daytime Television is Coming to the Smithsonian!

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is partnering with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (think Daytime Emmys) to showcase Daytime television memorabilia.  Why? Because they Daytime Emmys are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013. One actress already confirmed to be participating is Susan Lucci who portrayed Erica Kane on All My Children.

Guiding Light on the Radio

To think that daytime television is finally getting the honor it deserves is amazing!  The Smithsonian Museum is intended to tell “America’s Stories” and indeed, soap operas have shaped our cultural identity.  And above all they deserve their spot to shine.  Afterall, soap operas have been a regular feature in daytime television since the 1950s.  And with shows like Guiding Light, who began on the radio, even before that.  Guiding Light was the first show to regularly feature African-American characters making it a groundbreaking soap for its time.

Though I hope enough Guiding Light memorabilia remains to exhibit.  When the show was cancelled they began auctioning off parts of the set to the fans. Read Here.  Which was great for fans but now these pieces of history are possibly gone forever.

But it got me to thinking.  What would I want to be showcased in the Smithsonian to show how amazing Guiding Light truly was?

Cross Creek MantleThe mantle from Cross Creek for sure.  The painting in the Bloss’ carriage house “Light House at Two Points”.  The Company sign…..Iconic images from an iconic soap opera.

Or how about Emmy wins?  Like who hasn’t watched Kim Zimmer’s unforgettable 1985 Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress?  The crazy hair extentions, the ‘slut of Springfield’ scenes, and the speech.  The speech that said it all.  “Long live Reva Shayne!”

Kim Zimmer 1985 Emmy Win

And that’s just for Guiding Light .  There have been many Soap Operas that have entertained audiences through the years, and hopefully the ones that remain will continue to do so for years to come.  So how about you,  what would you want to exhibit?

You can read more about the new exhibit here.


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