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“Many Voices, One Nation”

Bubbles’ founder Ann Ratner’s original British passport is one of the 200 museum artifacts on display in “Many Voices, One Nation,” a new permanent exhibition opening June 28, 2017 at the Smithsonian’s Nation Museum of American history.

Bubbles founder Ann Ratner's original passport on display in Smithsonian's National Museum of American History "Many Voices, One Nation" exhibition

Bubbles founder Ann Ratner’s original passport on display in Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History “Many Voices, One Nation” exhibition

“Many Voices, One Nation” is one of the exhibitions in a newly renovated wing on the museum’s second floor. Under the theme, The Nation We Build Together, the exhibit tells the story of America’s founding and future as a country through the lens of the immigrant experience.

Out of Many, One Ann

Ann first shared her immigration story (she came to the US from Manchester, England) with the Smithsonian back in November 2014.

“When I got to America, I could not believe [Americans] were still setting hair. I hadn’t set hair in a long time…Vidal Sassoon, with the geometric haircuts—it was just a whole different industry. You had Twiggy, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones. I mean London, Carnegie Street, people dressed crazy. When I first came to Washington, I was so—it seemed so dull in comparison.”

Photo of Bubbles Founder Ann Ratner when she first immigrated to the United States

A photo of Ann and a friend on display in Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History “Many Voices, One Nation” exhibition

With a Name Like Bubbles, You Gotta Be Tough

Ann arrived in Washington DC in 1967 and quickly made her mark on the salon world. By 1972 she and ex-husband Dennis Rather co-founded value salon chain Hair Cuttery. After their marriage ended, under tremendous emotional pressure and with two small children, Ann took a leap of faith and opened the type of salon she always imagined – Bubbles.

Ann’s incredible journey as an immigrant, hair stylist, divorced single mom and serial entrepreneur will be chronicled on Daily Pop! starting in early August. Stay tuned!

Ann Ratner sits at front desk of Bubbles Salon on Mass Ave in Washington DC

Ann Ratner at one of her first Bubbles Salon locations

 


“Many Voices, One Nation,” a new exhibition opening June 28 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American history

“Many Voices, One Nation,” a new exhibition opening June 28 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American history invites audiences to explore that question in a 500-year chronological and thematic journey that animates the Latin emblem on the country’s Great Seal and the national ideal: E pluribus unum, Out of many, one.