Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Marks 2020 as “Year of the Woman”

Museum Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage With Exhibitions and More

To mark the centennial of women’s suffrage, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will celebrate the “Year of the Woman” in 2020 with two signature exhibitions designed to amplify women’s crucial role in history. On March 6, the museum will open “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage,” and “Girlhood (It’s Complicated)” will open June 12.

The exhibitions will be mounted as part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative #BecauseOfHerStory. The initiative represents one of the country’s most ambitious efforts to collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women, deepening the understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. It amplifies women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present and inspire the future. (Information is available at https://womenshistory.si.edu.)

The spotlight on women’s contributions will shine on other museum projects throughout 2020, including “Picturing Women Inventors,” a display celebrating the contributions of female inventors; “The Only One in the Room,” a showcase exploring women in business as part of theAmerican Enterpriseexhibition; and a focus on diverse female educators in the Giving in America” exhibit. A variety of women’s history programs, and digital and education initiatives will expand this content.

The suffrage centennial exhibitions tie into other museum efforts under the tagline “Who Counts?” demonstrating that women’s history is political history. “Who Counts?” will link the museum’s efforts in collecting, documenting and creating civic engagement programs around the 2020 election, the census, the 15th Amendment and the 19th Amendment. The central messages of “Who Counts?” are broad and provide probing questions about the relationship between citizenship, resources and counting; how categories of belonging and exclusion are created and re-created over time; and how individuals and groups assert that they do count.

Exhibitions and Displays Opening in 2020

Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage” Opens March 6, 2020; closes March 2021

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote, the museum will open “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage.” Highlighting women’s achievements in winning suffrage, it invites audiences to explore how the country celebrates milestones, what people as a nation remember, what (and who) has been forgotten or silenced over time and how those exclusions helped create the cracks and fissures in a movement that continue to impact women’s politics and activism.

Using a jewel box approach, the museum will display a group of artifacts in conjunction with graphics and media, interweaving stories of the famous and the forgotten. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a 6-foot-tall portrait of Susan B. Anthony. Painted by Sarah J. Eddy in 1900, the work depicts an idealized Anthony being presented with flowers by young boys and girls on her 80th birthday. The exhibition will also feature items donated between 1919 and 1920 by the National American Women’s Suffrage Association (now the League of Women Voters), materials related to Adelaide Johnson and Alice Paul, and contemporary items from the 2017 Women’s March as well as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s gavel.

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Elvis’ 85th Birthday Will Be Celebrated Over Four Days at Graceland

Celebration Will Include Multiple Concerts and Parties, One-of-a-kind Tours, The Auction at Graceland and Events With Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling and Elvis’ TCB Band

Music fans from around the world will travel to Elvis Presley’s Graceland® in January to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s™ 85th birthday. Numerous events are scheduled for January 8-11, 2020, including the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, The Auction at Graceland, an Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Tour, a Birthday Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, plus the fan-favorite concert Elvis: Live in Concert featuring TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Ronnie Tutt, Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling. Many of the birthday celebration events will be held at The Guest House at Graceland™, the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort hotel located just steps from Graceland. For a complete day-by-day schedule and to purchase tickets visit Graceland.com.

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The highlights of the four days of celebrations will be two concerts at the Soundstage at Graceland:

On Friday, January 10, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra brings their annual Elvis Pops Concert to Graceland. Musician and singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band join the orchestra for a special birthday salute featuring music from all facets of Elvis’ career. With performances featuring his greatest hits, movie songs and love ballads that will take you from Memphis to Las Vegas to Hawaii all in one evening.

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan Launches a Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by elite jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Main Entrance (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

Available until 23 February 2020,A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time, Nature, Love, accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a limited-edition book of the exhibition.

Time, Nature, Love is an amazing collection, entirely signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, which through this event exhibition — in the halls of the Appartamento dei Principi and the Sala degli Arazzi of Palazzo Reale from November 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020 — celebrates all that world of creativity which the Van Cleef and Arpels maison has given shape, from 1906 to today. (Image courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels)

Taking place at the city’s Palazzo Reale, the Time, Nature, Love exhibition showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line drawings on display.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Lobby (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

After visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Seta restaurant. Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Interior (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels is priced from EUR 670 per night, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room or above with views of the city or leafy courtyard
  • Breakfast for two served daily in guests’ room or convivial Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Complimentary access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an expert guide
  • A limited-edition book of the exhibition, Time, Nature, Love
Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Exterior Facade (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

The package is available until 23 February 2020. Minimum two-night stay required. For reservations, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan

Exhibition To Watch in 2020: Making The Met, 1870–2020

In 2020, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a dynamic range of exhibitions, programs, and public events. Highlights of the year will include the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020, on view March 30–August 2; the opening of the newly renovated and reimagined galleries devoted to British decorative arts and design in March; the display of new gifts throughout the Museum; a three-day-long celebration in June; and a story-collecting initiative. (More information is available at www.metmuseum.org/150.)

The centerpiece of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary celebration will be the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020. On view March 30–August 2, 2020 in the Second Floor Tisch Galleries, the presentation is a museum-wide collaboration that will lead visitors on an immersive, thought-provoking journey through The Met’s history. Organized around transformational moments in the evolution of the Museum’s collection, buildings, and ambitions, the exhibition will reveal the visionary figures and cultural forces that propelled The Met in new directions, from its founding in 1870 to the present day.

Making The Met, 1870–2020 is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Lead corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America.

The exhibition will feature more than 250 works of art of nearly every type from The Met collection, including visitor favorites and fragile treasures that can only be displayed from time to time. The selection will span millennia—from an imposing seated statue of the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.) to Jean Pucelle’s Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux (ca. 1324–28) to El Anatsui’s monumental Dusasa II (2007)—and media—from Michelangelo’s sheet of Studies for the Libyan Sibyl to Degas’s bronze Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer to Edward Steichen’s photographs of The Flatiron. Its global reach will extend from Asia, with exceptional works such as Mi Fu’s Night-Shining White, to Africa, with the Fang Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary Ensemble, and the Americas, with the Crown of the Andes.

Making The Met, 1870–2020 will explore a range of intriguing topics, such as the educational and aspirational ideals of The Met’s founders; the discoveries and dilemmas of excavation; the competing forces of progressivism and nationalism that led to the founding of the American Wing; the role of the Museum during wartime; and the evolution at The Met’s centennial toward a truly global approach to collecting. Rarely seen archival photographs, innovative digital features, and stories of both behind-the-scenes work and the Museum’s community outreach will enhance this unique experience.

Young 19th- and 21st-century viewers gaze at Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851, by Emanuel Leutze. Left: Archival photo from The Met archives. Right: Photo by Roderick Aichinger. Composite image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition will be organized in ten chronological sections around a central axis, called The Street, that will situate visitors in time and offer glimpses into the inner workings of The Met and, exceptionally, out into Central Park.

The first section, The Founding Decades, will transport visitors back to the Museum’s early years. The Met was founded without art, a building, or professional staff—it had only the vision of a group of businessmen, civic leaders, and artists determined to elevate the cultural landscape of the city of New York. This gallery will reveal the initial priorities for the collection, including antiquities excavated from Cyprus by The Met’s first director, General Luigi Palma di Cesnola, and European old master paintings from the founding purchase of 1871. It will also call attention to the contributions of artist trustees, such as Frederic Edwin Church, and the surprising diversity of early acquisitions, from Toltec reliefs to Japanese armor.

In the early 20th century, The Met sought to reach audiences beyond the traditional elite museumgoers and created study rooms to inspire a new generation of designers, craftspeople, and students. In keeping with an increasingly encyclopedic vision for the collection, ephemeral and utilitarian objects were acquired in addition to masterpieces. The exhibition’s second gallery, Art for All, will spotlight three collections—musical instruments, textiles, and prints and drawings—and the visionary curators, Frances Morris and William Ivins, who oversaw them.

In the same era, under the guiding influence of J. Pierpont Morgan, president of the Board of Trustees, The Met began to aspire to the model of the great collections formed by European royalty and aristocracy. Princely Aspirations will feature objects prized for their rarity and beauty that were given to the Museum by tycoons of the Gilded Age, such as Benjamin Altman and Collis Huntington. Highlights include Johannes Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Lute, Antonio Rossellino’s Madonna and Child with Angels, 18th-century decorative arts that once adorned French palaces, and a Kunstkammer of precious objects. This section will look ahead to more recent benefactors, such as Robert Lehman and Charles and Jayne Wrightsman, who carried forward this spirit of collecting.

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2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

Historic Hotels and Recipients Honored at the Awards Ceremony and Gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895)

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Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895) on Thursday, November 7. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

These 2019 winners represent more nearly 500 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world” —Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2019:

Blackburn Inn (1828) Staunton, Virginia (Photo: Business Wire)

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year: Blackburn Inn (1828) Staunton, Virginia

Hotel Bethlehem, Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Photo: Business Wire)

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms): Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona (Photo: Business Wire)

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms): The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona

The Hermitage Lobby, The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville, Tennessee (Photo: Business Wire)

Best City Center Historic Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville, Tennessee

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama (Photo: Business Wire)

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms): Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama

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Mandarin Oriental, Munich Launches Two Luxury Accommodation Offers for Christmas, Including “A Nutcracker Christmas” Ballet Package

Mandarin Oriental, Munich is launching two luxury accommodation offers for the upcoming festive season, including a ballet performance package. Guests booking A Nutcracker Christmas room package will enjoy The Nutcrackerballet by Tchaikovsky and other seasonal indulgences on selected dates in November and December, while A Magical Christmas includes a seven-course dinner on Christmas Eve and other festive treats over the Christmas holidays.

A Nutcracker Christmas

When booking A Nutcracker Christmas, guests can make the most of their stay by shopping for gifts and sampling local delicacies at Munich’s famous Christmas markets. In the evening, they can experience The Nutcracker ballet from the best seats at the historic Gärtnerplatztheater. On returning to the five-star hotel, a special late-night bento box awaits each guest at the highly acclaimedMatsuhisa Munich.

For a perfect holiday experience, Christmas decorations will adorn each guestroom and suite and a specialty hamper filled with stollen and seasonal biscuits will be presented to guests on arrival.

Mandarin Oriental, Munich

The A Nutcracker Christmas offer is priced from EUR 798 per night, and includes:

  • Luxury Accommodation for two in a room or suite
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A speciality Bavarian Christmas hamper
  • Time to visit Munich’s Christmas markets
  • First category tickets to The Nutcracker ballet at Gärtnerplatztheater on 28 November, 12 December or 13 December
  • A post-ballet late-night bento box at Matsuhisa Munich

A Magical Christmas

The hotel’s A Magical Christmas offer is available from December 23 – 26. So guests can immerse themselves in the festive spirit from the moment they arrive, they will be presented with a specialty hamper in their sumptuous room or suite, which will be filled with Christmas decorations.

Matsuhisa Munich will serve an exquisite, seven-course Japanese-Peruvian feast for A Magical Christmas guests on Christmas Eve, December 24th. A festive interpretation of award-winning chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovative cuisine, it will feature John Dory, Ox Cheeks and other extraordinary culinary delights. For December 26th, an extravagant brunch will be offered, with special menu options including the restaurant’s signature dish, Black Cod, which will be served with gingerbread crumble, as a Christmassy twist.

The A Magical Christmas offer is priced from EUR 1,078 per night, and includes:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A speciality Bavarian Christmas hamper upon arrival
  • Festive decorations in all rooms and suites
  • A seven-course Christmas menu at Matsuhisa Munich on Christmas Eve, 24 December

Quietly tucked away in a side street, yet centrally located near the famed Maximilianstraße, Mandarin Oriental, Munich is an elegant gem, combining timeless, sophisticated charm with a contemporary, modern design and subtle oriental accents. Mandarin Oriental provides the highest levels of personalized service in the very city center and is home to a selection of stylish, elegant restaurant and bars, including the city’s hottest new restaurant Matsuhisa Munich by world renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The hotel’s elegant and spacious 48 guestrooms and 25 suites offer the finest in international luxury and, along with the stunning rooftop pool, feature views that stretch across the picturesque surroundings of the old town.

A Nutcracker Christmas can be booked for overnight stays on November 28, December 12 or 13 December 2019. A Magical Christmas is available from December 23-26, 2019 for a minimum two-night stay. Both offers are subject to availability. Reservations for both offers can be made online, by e-mail to momuc-reservations@mohg.com or telephone to +49 (0)89 29098 820.

Celebrate Christmas And Chinese New Year In The Exciting Garden City At Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Four Seasons Invites Guests To Stunning Holiday Celebrations, Perfect For Family And Friends To Gather And Make Memories

Christmas and Chinese New Year are important times of celebration across the Lion City. It is also a time when the city comes alive with numerous fun activities at many key attractions to rally young and young-at-heart together. One can revel in the spectacular Christmas light up and Christmas villages on Orchard Road just at the door step of Four Seasons Hotel Singaporeor feel the energy of colorful Chingay Parade during the Chinese New Year season that celebrates harmony in Singapore as well as with the city’s friends from abroad. Children below five years of age also enjoy complimentary dining when staying with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and kid-friendly amenities such as kid-sized bathrobes and bedroom slippers, a soft toy and age appropriate amenities.

Christmas in the City

Stay in the heart of the city just steps away from the excitement of the island’s longest Christmas street light-up, complete with photo booths, Christmas villages for fun games and great al fresco dining, as well as unbeatable year-end shopping sales in malls dressed up in the season’s best.

Make time to savour the delectable Christmas-inspired lunch and dinners at One-Ninety, a Modern Asian Brasserie at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore too. Tuck into entrées in a garden-like ambience and enjoy favourites such as traditional oven-roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and grilled winter vegetables, and Asian-spiced glazed ham with lemongrass, pineapple raisin sauce among others; end with a decadent desserts such as tropical coconut mousse and calypso mango yule log, Valrhona chocolate pot de crème, assorted macarons and chocolate pralines all made in-house by the pastry brigade led by Pastry Chef Audrey Yee, a Four Seasons veteran and graduate of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu School in London.

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