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Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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Buried within the collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History exists an astonishing group of historical relics from the pre-Revolutionary War era to the present day, many of which have never been on display. Donated to the museum by generations of souvenir collectors, these ordinary objects of extraordinary circumstance all have amazing tales to tell about their roles in American history. Souvenir Nation presents fifty of the museum's most eccentric objects—from a chunk broken off Plymouth Rock to the magnifying glass used to examine the infamous hanging chads of the 2000 presidential election. Smithsonian curator William L. Bird, Jr., regales us with the story of each artifact's origins and the quirks of fate that brought it to the Smithsonian. Strikingly photographed, these curious objects form a uniquely American narrative: a cabinet of curiosities representing our nation's most fascinating individuals, both celebrated and obscure, and the keepsakes they left behind.

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William L. Bird Jr., a Washington, D.C.–based curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, is the author of the PAPress books Paint by Number, Holidays on Display, and America's Doll House

Product Details

ISBN:
9781616891350
Author:
Bird, William L
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Author:
National Museum of American History
Author:
Bird, William L., Jr.
Author:
William L. Bird, Jr.
Author:
Bird Jr, William L.
Subject:
Antiques, American
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
Americana
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 x 0.75 in 1.22 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Museums and Collections
History and Social Science » US History » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » American
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » General

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