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Media Advisory - Smithsonian Adds Days of Our Lives Artifacts to National Collections

October 30, 2015

WHAT: A donation ceremony will feature objects from the daytime drama Days of Our Lives,
            ranging from show scripts to original props and awards, which will be added to the
            Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's entertainment collection.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 4; 11 a.m.

WHERE: Presidential Reception Suite
                National Museum of American History
                Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

WHO: Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator National Museum of American History
           Barbara Williams Perry, first vice-chair, NATAS
           Tippi Hedren, film icon and daytime TV actress, Master of Ceremony
           Greg Meng, executive producer, Days of Our Lives
          
Deidre Hall, actress, Days of Our Lives
          
Susan Seaforth Hayes, actress, Days of Our Lives

The National Museum of American History has partnered with the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in an effort to obtain objects that reflect the contributions of daytime television programming to American culture. In keeping with this partnership, the producer and cast members of the award-winning daytime drama Days of Our Lives will present objects to the museum, including an original script that depicts the Marlena Evans character’s possession storyline with director’s notes. Christmas ornaments from the Horton’s will also be presented and the producers will pledge to donate the original hourglass used in the show’s opening sequence.

Following the donation ceremony, executive producer Greg Meng will sign his new book, Days of Our Lives: 50 Years, at noon outside the Warner Bros. Theater. The book presents an in-depth look at the show’s history through full-color photographs and rare black-and-white historical images. Meng will be joined by cast members Deidre Hall, who plays Marlena and Susan Seaforth Hayes, who plays Julie Williams.  

Note to press: RSVP by emailing duffl@si.edu.