Groundbreaking Show Will & Grace to be inducted into Smithsonian Collection
August 19, 2014 by Hayley Miller, Senior Digital Media Associate
Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick traveled to Washington to donate items from the hit show’s history to the Smithsonian today.
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will add materials from Will & Grace as part of an effort to document LGBT history.
According to the Smithsonian, items include copies of Mutchnick’s correspondence with HRC and copies of the show’s scripts. NBC, the network on which the show aired, will also donate props from the show. These include the signboard for “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed diploma from Columbia University.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Kohan said, "These particular guests that were invited into people's living rooms happened to be your gay friend. I don't think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay."
In a press release, the Smithsonian called Will & Grace, which aired from September 21, 1998, to May 18, 2006, “the most successful television series featuring gay principal characters.” The show was groundbreaking, bringing open LGBT characters and LGBT culture into millions of living rooms across the country.
Other items that will be added to the collection include Renee Richard’s tennis racket and the original transgender pride flag created by Monica Helms.
HRC congratulates trailblazers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick on this great accomplishment and honor.
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