Advisory: Smithsonian Adds “The Walking Dead” Artifacts to National Collections

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Laura Duff    
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Melinda Machado     
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Cast and production executives from the award-winning TV series The Walking Dead will donate memorabilia to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.


Monday, October 9, 2017 – 10:30am


Tuesday, Oct. 10
11 a.m. (Media check-in: 10:30 a.m.)



Hall of Music, third floor
National Museum of American History 
Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W. 


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In a special ceremony, the National Museum of American History will accept a donation of objects from the acclaimed television drama The Walking Dead. The presentation will be made by AMC, and The Walking Dead cast members will present items ranging from the crossbow used by Norman Reedus’ character Daryl to some of the ‘walker’ costumes, and more.

The Walking Dead (2010–present) a post-apocalyptic television show on AMC, tells the story of the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by former police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. As the world overrun by the dead takes its toll on the survivors, their interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the walkers that roam the country. The Walking Dead objects will join artifacts from other iconic series, including Mad Men, The Wonder Years, Seinfeld and All in the Family, in the museum’s growing television collections. There are no immediate plans to display the objects.


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