Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Calling all Interns!!!

We are gearing up for the summer around here and wanted to let you all know that we are accepting applications for internships now! Interested in finding out if a career in museums is the right fit for you - now is your chance!!!

  • Fascinated by the real historic stuff - come spend the summer working in collections. The plus side of this is the air-conditioning in the middle of the summer!! You might actually want to bring a sweater and gloves!!!

  • Interested in learning more about the stuff you see on exhibit and like to work with your hands? We've got a spot for you creative types on our exhibit design team!

  • Do you enjoy working with children and talking to people? You sound like a perfect fit for our programs staff!!!

Applications are due by April 1! Check our website, for more details!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Helpful Hints from Days of Yore

As some of you may know, we just finished installing our latest temporary exhibit Birth of a Brand. Birth of a Brand is all about the early years of Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry. Almost all of the objects on display are original to the time period (1885 - 1925) and there is A LOT to see!

One of the objects on display is a book entitled A Gold Mine in Soda: MacMahon's Latest Recipes and American Soda Water Dispenser's Guide. This snarky volume contains many quotes worthy of an "ooh!" and an "ahh!" but the following pages stood out as the most appropriate to display and share with all of you. Pay particular attention to the section entitled "How to Attend a Soda Fountain" :)

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Sage advice from a wise man, and oh so applicable today! We invite you to come to our soda fountain and experience a hand made Dr Pepper, and while you are here be sure to check out Birth of a Brand!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

The museum is decorated for Christmas and we are getting ready for a Brunch with the Reindeer Bunch and A Dr Pepper Christmas!

Need to get some Christmas shopping done without the kids hanging on, sign them up for our Brunch with the Reindeer Bunch Saturday, December 5 or Saturday, December 12! 10 am to Noon both days! We'll have holiday and soft drink themed crafts along with a mini version of our Create-A-Soft-Drink program! Dr Pepper floats all around at the end! The cost is $10 and its for kids aged 6-11!

Looking for a fun way to get in the holiday spirit? Try our A Dr Pepper Christmas event on Friday night, December 11 from 6 to 9 pm. We'll have music performed by an ensemble from China Springs Middle School, the orchestra from Midway High School, and the choir from Midway High School. Ever tried Hot Dr Pepper? You'll have the perfect opportunity this evening along with some other great food! Also featured this evening will be our Holiday Create-a-Soft-Drink! Cinnamon, Peppermint, Egg Nog, Plum and Cranberry are just a few of the flavors that we'll feature! Bring the kids for a fun-filled evening! Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for kids! Thanks to our great sponsors for making this wonderful evening a possibility - Architexas, Barrett Construction, Blue Bell Creameries, Dean Foods, HEB, Son Beverage Company, and Murray and Greta Watson!

Friday, October 09, 2009

What Suits Your Sweet Tooth?

Howdy there, Peppers!

This week a new exhibit opened up here at the Dr Pepper Museum. It's pretty SWEET if we do say so ourselves!

Did you know that the sweetener in the little pink packets is also in your toothpaste? or that Splenda is made from sugar?

"The Sweetest Thing" reveals the facts on six sweeteners: aspartame (NutraSweet), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet 'n Low), rebiana (Truvia), pure cane sugar, and high fructose corn syrup.

Head on down and get ready to learn some sweet surprises about products you may use everyday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mad About Mad Men

As some of you may have heard through the Twitterverse we sent twelve 1960s glass bottles to the set of the AMC smash hit show Mad Men to be featured alongside leading man John Hamm in an upcoming episode. Well, the episode aired last week and boy were those Dr Pepper bottles front and center! I think the main star in that sense was the vending machine, which, contrary to popular belief did not come from us. In an interesting twist, what one can assume was meant to be just another prop in the midst of some serious main plot action has actually garnered some buzz over the past week. People have come out of the woodwork to argue that Dr Pepper was not available in the area of Manhattan where the scene would have taken place at that time. One of those people is Stuart Elliott, Media and Advertising writer for the New York Times, who was actually remembers Manhattan from that time period and has challenged Dr Pepper, and subsequently the Museum, to prove that it was available. That was certainly an interesting couple of days! We were able to prove that indeed, it was entirely possible that Dr Pepper could have been available at that time, and for the sake of continuity here is the quote from Greg Artkop, Director of Corporate Communication for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group from the article Mr. Elliott wrote:

"As for Dr Pepper’s presence in New York City in 1963, “it was distributed by independent bottlers in the area,” he added, and according to information in the archives, the top bottlers in New York included two located in the boroughs of the Bronx and Brooklyn."

The bottom line is, OUR STUFF WAS IN FREAKING MAD MEN. Here is the link to the article by Mr. Elliott:
On TV, a ‘Mad’ Dr

Here are some stills and a link to the recap of the episode entitled Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency


And here is a pic of the brothers and sisters of the ones that were sent. These were not in good enough condition to go, but it gives you an idea of what the bottles look like up close!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dr Pepper Museum on KWTX News Ten This Morning!

Bright and early this morning Mary Beth, our Collections Manager, did two live interviews for KWTX News Ten This Morning. The first one is about the Museum, and the second is about the paranormal investigations that were done by McLennan County Paranormal Investigations. Check them out!

Part 1

Part 2