Peeps in the Museums Roundup

Among this year’s entries in the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama contest are the usual references to current events, celebrities, and cultural trends: the Keystone “Peepline” and the measles outbreak at Disneyland, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, the Ice Bucket Challenge and the color of the dress. Yet many other dioramas depict pivotal moments of the past.

David Deep (who perhaps should change his name to David Peep for Peeps-related matters) and Erica Webber submitted The Assassination of Peepraham Lincoln, which shows Ford Theatre’s most famous and most tragic event. More than one diorama references “Apeepomattox.”

We the Peeple by Karen Wootton and Aaron Klebanoff shows Peeps adorned with white wigs signing the Constitution, inspired by Howard Chandler Christy’s painting Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, which shows a historic moment that took place in Independence Hall and which is on display in the United States Capitol. Meanwhile, We the Peeps (by Rachel Hirz, Andie Hirz, and Teresa Lovelace) also shows the signing of the Constitution, with the Christy painting in the background.

In Edmund Peepus Bridge: March 7, 1965 by Keith Lyndaker, Lini Lyndaker and Rachelle Schlabach, Peeps lead the march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery, AL. Chloe Simpson, Colt Simpson, and Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson help viewers remember the Alamo with Peep in the Heart of Texas.

A Peep diorama at the 2014 National Book Festival, depicting a scene from Harry Potter

A Peep diorama at the 2014 National Book Festival, depicting a scene from Harry Potter

Besides these historic scenes, we also get to see an art museum (A Trip to the National Peeptrait Gallery by Lee Ann Zies, Debbie Zies, Scott Smith, Patricia Milon and Barbara Milon) and a national park (Yellowstone National Peeps Park by Juliet Line, Anne Apynys and Christopher Line).

Several dioramas are literary, re-creating scenes from The Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings.

Here are links to the “Top 50 Peeps dioramas for 2015” as well as “The best of kids’ Peeps dioramas.

Happy Easter!


About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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