As you may have read recently, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will close for two ( we're betting 4-6 ) years for an overhaul. During that time the sports section will be especially enhanced and the spectacularly refurbished Star Spangled banner will be displayed in a new, dramatic setting. ( In November 2004, the museum opened a $22 million permanent exhibition called "The Price of Freedom: Americans At War." )
The Bread and Circuses arena will also be re-habbed, evidently. No, wait! Sorry...Foodie is feeling a tad ornery today.
The plans for the renovations at the museum apparently do not include any efforts to revisit the story of food. Since nothing happens in any field of endeavor until the people involved have been fed ( see Napoleon Bonaparte: "An army marches on its stomach,") we continue to find this oversight curious.
The FOOD Museum is promoting the concept of a National Museum of Farm and Food on the Mall. Many have written us in support of this idea. Maybe as more Americans tire of a certain war now on-going, we can collectively embrace the notion of a lively, tasty exhibition celebrating what nurtures us all.