Pop Culture Week in Springfield Museums


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Open December 7, 2018–February 24, 2019, Springfield Museums will be hosting “Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian”. This exhibit will blend a large variety of pop culture items, and will be started off with the Smithsonian Week.

Smithsonian Week will mark the opening of the exhibit Pop! and will begin on December 6th with a discussion with Eric Jentsch and Ryan Lintelman, curators of the National Museum of American History between 12:15 and 1 PM, and then the Holiday Gala: Pop! An Iconic Evening at 6:30-10:00 PM.

During the Holiday Gala, guests will get a sneak peak at the exhibit, and will have the chance to chat with guests from the Smithsonian as they explore the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts where the exhibit is housed. However, admissions for this pricey gathering are closed.

On Saturday December 8 at 9:30 am–11:00 am children of ages 7-12 will be able to participate in a ‘Make Your Own Comic Book’ creative event. The activity/lesson will be overseen by Evan Keeling, Senior Graphic Specialist at Smithsonian Exhibits, who will provide templates and advice to the participants. The goal of this activity is to help participants embrace their creativity, help define who they are as a person, and understand how pop culture affects the world through a comic book of their very own.

On Thursday December 13th, Damion Thomas, curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will discuss the importance of the sports memorabilia on display in Springfield. Major talking points will be the importance of sports to society, and how the items themselves depict the fight for freedom in American culture.

The week will close with Culture and Cocktails. Unfortunately, due to the alcoholic inclination of such a gathering, only guests of 21 years or older can attend -but for any staff members, reservations are still open. This event will feature talks from Smithsonian staff, and will include a gingerbread decorating event, including a professional baker constructing the Daily Planet from Superman out of gingerbread.

Finally the Springfield Museums will be hosting their annual gingerbread display, but this year it will feature a more cultural theme. Gingerbread: The Pop Culture Edition will be on display until December 30th. Guests will be able to vote on gingerbread decorations baked by teams in divisions composed of bakers from younger to twelve to the professional level. According to Springfield museums, this year’s bakes will delve into how pop culture influences who we are.

Items on display during Pop! include the Superman and Lois Lane costumes worn in 1978’s Superman: The Movie, tribbles from Star Trek, and Julius Erving’s sneakers. In short, the schedule is listed below. To anyone who attends these events, have a marvelous time.



  • Pop Culture at the Smithsonian (Thursday, Dec. 6, 12:15 – 1 p.m.)
  • Holiday Gala: Pop! An Iconic Evening (Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:30 – 10 p.m.)
  • Make Your Own Comic Book Workshop (Saturday, Dec. 8, noon-3pm)
  • Sports at the Smithsonian (Thursday, Dec. 13, 12:15 – 1 p.m.)
  • Culture and Cocktails: Holiday Pop (Thursday Dec. 13, 5.-8 p.m.)
  • Gingerbread: The Pop Culture Edition (On display until Sunday Dec. 30)