Troy here. As a curator/historian/anthropologist I have often been asked what is the exhibit I most want to do.
Well here it is.
The history of tobacco in the US.
So if anyone out there knows of a great collection of local tobacco ads, memorabilia, objects, etc. Let me know about them.
Tobacco is still pervasive after hundreds of years in our culture. It has defined social status, ideals of beauty, impacted world economies, defined advertising, influenced medical knowledge and much much more.
Now, just to quiet the naysayers. I do not smoke, nor do I think it is a healthy habit. However it is a major part of American and Western Culture and History. As such we should be aware of its impacts.