The Last Word Exhibit

The Last Word: The Story of Five Great American Cocktails


Walk into most bars in the United States today, and you can order a Manhattan or a Gimlet and be confident you’ll get a tasty drink. But it wasn’t always so: ten years ago, cocktail menus were often populated with premixed mixers and bottom-shelf liquors stirred with soda. In the last decade, however, the cocktail has experienced a renaissance, and bars across America are serving classic drinks and new concoctions. Why?

Through an investigation of the cultural milieus that inspired the rise, fall and rediscovery of these fascinating beverages, and including interviews with the mixologists, historians and enthusiasts that helped repopularize these drinks, The Last Word: The Story of Five Great American Cocktails uses these five drinks as a lens to examine the cultural phenomena that led to the invention, popularization, ebb and rediscovery of cocktails as an American art form.

The Last Word will be designed to get visitors as close to these drinks as possible without actually taking a sip. As with all FHD-designed traveling exhibits, the components will be lightweight, highly modular, and beautiful, and many crates will be converted for use in the exhibit itself, saving your institution valuable space.

The Last Word: The Story of Five Great American Cocktails is currently under development, and we will have photos to share soon!

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The Last Word Traveling Exhibit Availability

Dates Availability
May 11 – July 4, 2017 Reserve it!
July 6 – August 29, 2017 Reserve it!
August 31 – October 24, 2017 Reserve it!
October 26 – December 19, 2017 Reserve it!
December 21 – February 13, 2018
February 15 – April 10, 2018 Reserve it!
April 12 – June 15, 2018 Reserve it!
June 7 – July 31, 2018 Reserve it!
August 2 – September 25, 2018 Reserve it!
September 27 – November 20, 2018 Reserve it!
November 22, 2018 – January 15, 2019 Reserve it!
January 17 – March 12, 2019 Reserve it!
March 14 – May 7, 2019 Reserve it!
May 9 – July 2, 2019 Reserve it!
July 5 – August 27, 2019 Reserve it!
August 29 – October 22, 2019 Reserve it!
October 24 – December 17, 2019 Reserve it!
December 19, 2019 – February 11, 2020 Reserve it!
February 13 – April 7, 2020 Reserve it!
April 9 – June 2, 2020 Reserve it!
June 4 – July 28, 2020 Reserve it!
July 30 – September 22, 2020 Reserve it!
September 24 – November 17, 2020 Reserve it!
Looking for dates in 2021 and beyond?
Great! Just let us know when you’d like to host the exhibit and we’ll get you on the calendar.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Last Word traveling exhibit

What is required to lock in our reservation?

A verbal commitment gets you started (we put the PENDING notification on the calendar), but we require a deposit and a signed hosting agreement to lock it in for sure. If you’re thinking about reserving a date, let us know and we’ll hold it for you until you can get approval for payment.


What if the dates I have available don’t match up with your calendar?

That’s totally fine. Just let us know what dates you’re looking for, and we’ll see what we can do. We’re often able to prorate the cost of the exhibit for durations other than those shown in our schedule. We understand that different places operate on different schedules and we want to be as accommodating as possible!


I’ve seen “Founding Institutions” listed on your exhibits before. What does that mean?

We like to recognize those that support our projects from the very beginning. So for the first 5 institutions that book the exhibit, we acknowledge their support by including them in the exhibit credits. It’s a small way of showing our gratitude for those that help to bring these exhibits to life!

Founding Institution status still available

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We’re not a museum, but we’d still like to host the traveling exhibit. Is that possible?

You certainly don’t have to be a museum to host the exhibit, or even a non-profit. So long as you have the space and meet the basic security requirements, you can be a valid host. Please send us a message letting us know your situation and we’ll get the process started!


I’d like to follow along on future projects that you’re building. What’s the best way to stay in touch?

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