Earlier this year ET announced a partnership between the Smithsonian and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to collaborate on showcasing daytime TV memorabilia. Now we can also show you some of the iconic items on display, including the gown worn by Susan Lucci when she finally won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for portraying Erica Kane on All My Children.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will cooperate with NATAS to obtain costumes, scripts, props, awards, photographs, promotional material and other artifacts that reflect the contributions of daytime television programming to the national collections.
NATAS just released footage from the unveiling ceremony in Washington D.C. launching the partnership, will help the Smithsonian expand its capacity to tell the unique story of daytime television and the Daytime Emmy Awards, which are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013.
Objects donated to the Smithsonian will complement the museum's existing entertainment collections, which include such iconic items as Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Kermit the Frog, Mr. Roger's sweater, animation cels from The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, a Howdy Doody marionette, Archie Bunker's chair and much more.
Watch the video to hear Lucci's thoughts on donating her gown and to find out how Alex Trebek thinks historic Jeopardy! memorabilia can educate museum visitors for years to come!