A new exhibition at Winterthur Museum (in northern Delaware, less than an hour's drive from Philly) explores how the modern White House came to be, thanks to iconic first lady Jackie Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont. With 60 acres of historic gardens to explore, Winterthur is definitely worth a summer excursion. Check out our review of the exhibition, and plan your visit.
It's impossible to contemplate the history of the White House without remembering the blitz of news we live in today, including President Biden's executive orders on abortion care and the Pennsylvania legislature's post-Roe attempt to add an anti-abortion amendment to our state constitution. This week, I'm writing about how easy it is for negative rhetoric about reproductive rights to get mixed up with the facts, even in pro-choice spaces. Supporters of reproductive justice need to pay attention and practice speaking up.
Other reviews this week include a notable exhibition from sculptor Stan Smokler, a Mary Martin and Ethel Merman revue, and an essay for July's Disability Pride month, about how invisible illness can complicate disabled identities.
There's a lot happening this week (as always), so we appreciate spending time with you at BSR.