The Potato Museum becomes a popular subject for the media. Visitors come from many countries and states to see the exhibit. Groups start to arrive. A delegation of docent trainees from Colonial Williamsburg includes The Potato Museum as part of their tour of DC sights. An American University professor brings her graduate students in museum studies to the museum. People bring their dates, have birthdays and celebrate special anniversaries in the exhibit rooms.
The Hugheses are participants in several conferences on food history, lecture at the United States National Arboretum, make an appearance on the Charlie Rose Show, (then a locally based Washington, DC late night interview program) and are too busy to accept an invitation to be guests on Larry King's radio talk show.
The Washington Post writes a glowing editorial on the occasion of The Potato Museum closing its exhibition after the landlord objected to all the extra traffic.
1993 The museum moves with the Hughes family to Albuquerque, New Mexico,and loans objects to an exhibit at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. The Potato Museum spins off a new entity, The FOOD Museum. The Hugheses broaden their research, collections and focus to the other foods of the Americas. Later they begin to take on all the world's foods.
1994 The Hugheses produce the museum's first food awareness programs for children and adults. They present these programs throughout the Rio Grande Valley library system, various schools, museums, senior centers and other venues in the Southwest
1995 Tom is invited to take an exhibit from The Potato Museum collection to Belgium. The City Museum of New York borrows items for an exhibit called "Gaelic Gotham."
1996 The Hugheses launch The FOOD Museum's website, www.foodmuseum.com
1997 The Hugheses begin to offer workshops to teachers, take teen programs to the Navajo reservation and teach summer school classes for Isleta Pueblo's Gifted and Talented Project.
1998-2000 Meredith writes ten books for the award-winning Plants We Eat series published by Lerner.