Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Diet vs. Regular: Soda Drinkers Weigh In

Jessica, Programs Assistant at the Dr Pepper Museum:
“Diet because of the calories. I like both Diet Dr Pepper and Coke Zero.”

Joy, Director of Interpretation at the Dr Pepper Museum:
“I drink diet sodas because I like the flavor, and I prefer Diet Caffeine-Free Dr Pepper.”

Sammy, Facilities Manager at the Dr Pepper Museum:
“I only drink regular because I don’t like the aftertaste of diet sodas. I usually drink Dr Pepper.”

Check back later to see what other soda drinkers prefer!
Stewie Griffin is a fan of Tab


Lighten up this summer at the Dr Pepper Museum! Do you know the original name of Diet 7Up? Or, what country consumes the most diet soda products per capita? (hint: it’s not the U.S.!). Come find the answers to these questions and learn more about your favorite soda’s low-cal version at the Dr Pepper Museum’s new exhibit, The Skinny on Diet Drinks.

Opening June 28, 2008, The Skinny on Diet Drinks explores the history behind some of the most beloved diet soft drinks, such as early favorite Diet Rite and cult classic Tab, with its iconic pink can. Also, visitors will learn about the different forms of artificial sweeteners and why they are hotly debated.

Each Friday afternoon in July you can try the drinks yourself! At 2pm there will be a blind taste test to find out which diet soda really is most like their original with the Dr Pepper Museum’s Diet Soda Taste Challenge. Who knows, you might even become a diet soda convert… Cans from the exhibit

Friday, June 06, 2008

New Faces

We've got a lot of new faces around here at the museum as you can see. Some of these faces you might see as you wander through the museum. Others rarely see the light of day.

Some of these new faces are our interns that are spending the summer trying to figure out what museum work is all about. Here's a bit about them:

Howdy bloggers! My name is Kailyn and I am the Programs Intern for summer 2008. I am a five foot, red head who looks more like I am sixteen years old than in my twenties. I have lived in Waco for most of my life. I graduated from Waco High School in 2005. I am now a senior studying history from Harding University in Arkansas. One interesting fact about me is that I like to collect old newspapers. One of my oldest newspapers is the news of Roosevelt’s death in 1945. If you really want to find anything else about me, then you should come down and visit the museum today!

Hi, my name is Amber and I am the Exhibits Intern at the Dr Pepper Museum. I graduated in May 2007 from Baylor University with a BA in History and Archaeology, and I am currently a graduate student at Baylor working towards a Master’s in Museum Studies. I have always been interested in history, so being able to work in a museum is great ( and fun!). This summer I will be helping plan and implement an upcoming exhibit about diet soft drinks, and assisting the Director of Interpretation at the museum with other projects. I am excited to be a part of the Dr Pepper team and look forward to good summer!

Robin grew up in Georgia and is now attending Baylor where she will soon graduate with a BA in museum studies and anthropology. We found her one cold day in January outside the museum and decided to let her hang around for a while. Now she's a real intern and spends her time rummaging around in the basement inventorying the museum's large bottle collection and making friends with most of the spiders that live there. In the fall she will be attending Texas Tech to study to become a blind rehabilitation specialist.

Each one has a great project to work on this summer and you'll hear from them later on about what they've been doing. Until then look for their shining happy faces around the museum.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Calling all Campers!

We are gearing up for camp in a couple of weeks around here and have some great programs planned. And guess what?! It involves a lot of food! Campers will get to create their very own soft drink, make ice cream, and even make a float or two! It is a great place to learn how to be a real certifiable jerk! Camp is Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:30 pm the weeks of June 23, June 30, and August 11. So if you have a kid between 8 and 13, sign them up today. Check for more information or just email Jessica at