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April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
Dwight Bowers
That’s Entertainment: A View into the Entertainment Collections at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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Dwight BowersDwight Blocker Bowers is curator of American Entertainment History at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Bowers oversees the institution’s fabled collections of entertainment artifacts, from the ruby slippers to a Kermit the Frog puppet. Other historical artifacts include Ginger Rogers’ costumes from the movies Follow the Fleet and Top Hat, as well as Phyllis Diller’s gag file. In his lecture, Bowers will take the audience through a tour of the institution’s most famous collections. He served as co-curator of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Red, Hot and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals. Bowers has acted as producer and annotator on over 40 archival recordings, which earned him three Grammy Award nominations. Bower’s lecture will be the inaugural lecture for the Fort Worth Museum’s Wizard of Oz exhibit. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for Members, junior and seniors. Seating is limited.

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