Archive for January, 2014

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League of Professional Theatre Women

Monday March 10
6.30 to 10pm

at The Irene Diamond Stage
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street

Press Coverage From The Event:

The League’s new event puts awards center stage!

Life Time Achievement Award:  Zoe Caldwell, Actor
Audra McDonald will present the award to Zoe Caldwell

Ruth Morley Design Award:  Judith Dolan, Costume Designer
The Ruth Morley Design Award is given annually to an outstanding female theatre designer in the field of costumes, scenery, lighting, or special effects in memory of the theatre and film costume designer, and League member, Ruth Morley.
Presented by Gregory Boyd.

The Lee Reynolds Award:  Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, Bond Street Theatre
The award, in memory of producer and League member Lee Reynolds, is given annually to a woman or women active in any aspect of…

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Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue Photo: Maria Bryk/Newseum

Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue
Photo: Maria Bryk/Newseum

By Lauren Yarger
When I visit my daughter, who lives in Washington, DC, we usually try to do something touristy while I am there. The nation’s capital is full of wonderful museums. many free of admission charge. Too many to take in on a single trip. So the last time I was down, we decided to take in The Newseum, which had been beckoning to me since it opened in 2008.

The Newseum at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street is seven levels and 250,000 square feet of the news set between the Capitol and the White House. A vertitable heaven for an old-school journalist like me. A circle of front pages from the nation’s papers is displayed around the building crowned by a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment, so I was thrilled before I ever entered the museum.

Inside, a satisfying collection of all things news/journalism delights. In fact, the displays and exhibits are so comprehensive, that we went back the next day to take it all in (the ticket, which isn’t free, is good for two days. The newseum is private, not government run — as it should be!)


News Corporation News History Gallery
Photo: Sam Kittner/Newseum

Highlights for me included:

  • Being able to see newspapers dThe 9/11 exhibit. Photo" Lauren Yargerating back centuries — follow the breaking news about the Revolutionary or Civil wars. Totally fascinating.
  • An exhibit featuring coverage of the September 11 attacks with newspaper front pages and a piece of the tower on display.
    The 9/11 exhibit. Photo” Lauren Yarger
  • A special exhibit on the shooting of JFK. It includes artifacts, films and a board where you can post information about where you were when you hear of the assassination.
  • A huge, color-coded map of the world showing where the press is free (green), somewhat free (yellow) or censored (red). Thank God for the USA — all green.
  • The Pulitzer Prize Photographs gallery. Amazing photos. Heartbreaking stories of journalists who never recovered after seeing the horrible scenes they shot. There is a price for a free press.

map Where the press is free — and isn’t. Photo: Lauren Yarger

  • Probably the most moving moment for me was when I spotted a copy of “Donna Parker,” Special Agent” — I think in the spy section. The Donna Parker books were my favorites when I was a kid and it was Donna — who became the editor of her high school newspaper — who first introduced me to the world of journalism. When I finished that book, I decided I was going to be the editor of my high school newspaper and pursue a career in journalism. I did, and that is why you are reading this blog today.

Here are afew highlights of what you can see at the Newseum. I definitely recommend a visit the next time you are in DC. Visit the site here http://www.newseum.org/index.html:

  • The New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News

Surrounded by the flow of information.  Around, above and below, visitors to the Great Hall of News are surrounded by a continuous flow of news. Instant, breaking, historic news that is uncensored, diverse and free. This soaring, 90-foot-high atrium showcases breaking news on its giant Electronic Window on the World screen; the latest headlines are constantly updated on an electronic zipper. Suspended from above are two icons of modern news gathering and transmission – a satellite replica and a Bell helicopter.

  • News Corporation News History Gallery

The Story of News. This gallery tells the timeless story of news, of many voices struggling to be heard, and of the people and machines that spread that news. At the gallery’s center is a timeline that showcases the Newseum’s extensive collection of historic newspapers and magazines. Within the timeline are 10 touch-screens that offer interactive games, a database of journalists and close-up views of hundreds of publications. The cases along the gallery walls examine recurring issues that confront journalists and feature hundreds of artifacts and personal memorabilia. Five theaters feature videos that explore some of those issues in greater depth.

  • Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery

    Award-Winning Images and Photographers Who Took Them. This gallery features the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled as well as interviews with many of the photographers. Some of the photographs have become icons of their time: Marines raising Old Glory on Iwo Jima, the joyful reunion of a returning prisoner of war and his family, a firefighter cradling an injured infant after the Oklahoma City bombing. Those and other images record the defining moments of our world and time.

  • Pulliam Family Great Books Gallery

    A Look at the Cornerstones of Freedom. Freedom has always been the key to open, enlightened societies. The books and documents in this display are some of the cornerstones of freedom. They include important works of political thought and action — from the Magna Carta to the Federalist Papers to the first printing of the U.S. Constitution in pamphlet form. Four interactive kiosks allow zoom-in close-ups of many of the pages of some of history’s most important texts and documents.

Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue Photo: Sam Kittner/Newseum

Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue
Photo: Sam Kittner/Newseum

Ticket Prices

Adults (19 to 64) $22.95 plus tax Seniors (65 and older) $18.95 plus tax Youth (7 to 18) $13.95 plus tax Children (6 and younger) Free Visit http://www.newseum.org

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