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Move over Dorothy's ruby red slippers, Fonzie's leather jacket, and Archie Bunker's easy chair! The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is going to honor decades-long achievements of daytime television with a showcase of soap memorabilia, props, costumes, awards, and more.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the association that dishes out the Emmys, will team with the Smithsonian's National Museum to create a museum-quality collection of soap opera artifacts -- from All My Children
to The Young and the Restless.
All My Children fans, for instance, will be thrilled to see Tad Martin's
Cluck Cluck Chicken Shack suit on display, perhaps alongside some of Erica Kane's
fabulous Pine Valley fashions. In fact, actress Susan Lucci
has already been confirmed as a participant in this very special project.
reports that the Smithsonian and NATAS hope to collect a wide variety of soap opera paraphernalia -- costumes, scripts, photographs, awards, props, and other materials that will be well-remembered by daytime TV fans.
Currently, the two organizations are also working on identifying actors, writers, talk show hosts, game show hosts, journalists, producers, and directors who have influenced the culture of America.
A spokesperson for the Smithsonian told Soaps In Depth
magazine that the daytime television showcase is still in the planning stages, and no date has been set for when it will be open to the public.