A Special Birthday at the Smithsonian – Julia Child’s Centennial

Today is a national holiday in Italy – Ferragosto, when just about everything shuts down in the middle of August.

A fitting time to take a short break from writing about Rome, and to commemorate a special birthday being celebrated in
the District and across the US today: what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.

To mark the occasion, the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History is re-opening one of its most popular exhibits – Julia’s iconic kitchen from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she donated to the museum in 2001.

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