From the M*A*S*H Library 17: “Entertainment Nation”

What is it? Cohen, Kenneth and John W. Troutman, eds. Entertainment Nation: How Music, Television, Film, Sports, and Theater Shaped the United States. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2022. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? The Smithsonian is currently displaying (2023) the M*A*S*H signpost, and the exhibit catalog features the signpost and discusses M*A*S*H in its introduction. As a M*A*S*H fan,Continue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 17: “Entertainment Nation””

MishM*A*S*H 6: Harry S. Truman Library Korean War Collection

On Friday, March 4, I visited the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Truman was president during the majority of the Korean War, and his presidential library holds all of the documents from his presidency, including the war. I visited to see how the Korean War is covered in the museumContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 6: Harry S. Truman Library Korean War Collection”

Press Pass 2: Opening the Smithsonian Exhibit

Shorty after M*A*S*H ended on February 28, 1983, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History announced that it would display key objects from the series in an exhibit titled “M*A*S*H: Binding Up the Wounds.” The exhibit would be a huge a success being extended twice and hosting over one million visitors. The focus of today’sContinue reading “Press Pass 2: Opening the Smithsonian Exhibit”

MishM*A*S*H 1: Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog

When the production of a television series or movie comes to end, the objects on set are typically returned to a prop house to be used on other sets. Items that were custom made and unique to the production that can not be used again may be given away or even thrown away. Some setsContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 1: Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog”