24 April, 2014


Welcoming Back An American Classic

Phil Verchota's Miracle on Ice Skates.jpg

This morning at 8:30 AM begins a celebration of the reopening the National Museum of American History after its two-year makeover. Then, at 10:00 AM, the museum’s doors open to the public, promising a dramatic re-introduction to the museum’s incredible collection, including the nearly 200-year-old Star-Spangled Banner.

How does this news mesh with On Frozen Blog’s hockey focus, you ask? Yes, it’s not just my love of the museum, or that my wife used to be a docent there (though both true). And it’s more than a simple exhortation to our readers to get out and experience some of the wonders this great city affords its residents and visitors. We deal with ridiculous traffic, a high cost of living, not to mention the danger of living near our nation’s figurative and literal seat of power . . . so we might as well get out there and experience one of the many advantages the District area provides to counterbalance the woes.

But back to the hockey connection: while the sport we love is hardly a focus at the museum, American History does have some significant hockey memorabilia in its staggeringly diverse collection. For instance, the battered skates you see here were worn by Paul Verchota during the U.S. Team’s Miracle on Ice in 1980. The museum also has Bill Baker’s U.S. Olympic Jersey and other Lake Placid loot in its Thanks for the Memories: Music, Sports and Entertainment History exhibit (3rd floor). After more than 2 years in (presumably) dusty storage, these and the museum’s other treasures will once again see the light of day.

So while the Washington Capitals tour the West Coast, why not tour one of the nation’s greatest collections of American artifacts? And if afterwards you’re looking for a hockey-related fix, head on over to the National Gallery of Art’s Ice Skating Rink at the Sculpture Garden (which opened last week) and skate your cares away.



One Comment

  1. Thanks for blogging about us! I featured your post on the Museum’s blog about what folks have been saying about our reopening.

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