Famous pop culture artifacts on display in a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums

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In the same way that an old song can transport you to a moment in the past, the artifacts of popular culture can evoke a collective memory of their era. Many recognizable pieces are now on display at the Springfield Museums!

POP! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian will include a variety of treasured objects from the collections of the National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, and National Museum of African American History and Culture that are associated with renowned American performers, athletes, television shows, and movies.

Included in the exhibition are such iconic items as Superman and Lois Lane costumes worn by Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, Marilyn Monroe’s famous white gloves, a soccer jersey worn by Mia Hamm at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Tony Hawk’s first skateboard, and an original drawing of Peanuts completed by Charles Schulz for the cover of Time in 1965. 

Photos courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute and CBS Television Studio

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