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Jessica Porter Sadeq has worked in the Central Office of Public Affairs since June 2007. In August 2008 she joined the Internal Communications department as an internal communications coordinator.


‘The Kennedys 50 Years Ago

“The Kennedys 50 Years Ago”—American History Museum, through February This exhibit presents nine photographs of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy taken by Richard Avedon for the magazine Harpers Bazaar. During the photo session 50 years ago, Avedon removed the usual activity-filled environment and photographed the Kennedys in front of a plain… Continue reading ‘The Kennedys 50 Years Ago


‘The Orchid in Chinese Painting’

“The Orchid in Chinese Painting”— through July 17 The cymbidium orchid has been cultivated in China for hundreds of years. This exhibition presents 20 works related to orchids in Chinese painting, ranging in date from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Image courtesy the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Snapshot: “Soapman”

“Soapman” lived in Philadelphia and was buried there around 1800. The body was discovered in 1875 during the digging of a train depot foundation. This unusual preservation occurred because water seeped into the casket and brought alkaline soil with it, turning the fats in his body to soap through a type of hydrolysis known as… Continue reading Snapshot: “Soapman”


‘A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896’

“A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896”—National Museum of American History, through April 8, 2011 Showcasing the diary of William Steinway, the first president of famed piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons and a key figure in the cultural, economic and physical development of New York City. The complete diary is available… Continue reading ‘A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896’

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Montgomery Ward Department Store “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Book, National Museum of American History Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when the Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to create a Christmas story the store could give away to shoppers as a promotional gimmick. The retailer… Continue reading Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Snapshot: Bells, Gemini VI, 1965

Bells, Gemini VI, 1965— National Air and Space Museum These bells are part of the harmonica and bell set carried by astronauts Walter “Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford aboard Gemini VI in December 1965. The Gemini’s mission was to test its docking and maneuvering capability. About five hours after its rendezvous with Gemini VII and… Continue reading Snapshot: Bells, Gemini VI, 1965

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