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Slide 0: A Promised Land
A Promised Land
$45.00
In Barack Obama's book, A Promised Land, the former president revisits his early years in politics through the major historical events during his first term in office. Volume one is a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.
 
Slide 1: In Bibi's Kitchen
In Bibi's Kitchen
$35.00
In this East African cookbook Somali chef Hawa Hassan and renowned food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (grandmothers) from eight African nations. These women welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue. In Bibi's Kitchen explore the people and food in Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, and Comoros. Through Hassan’s writing, and her own personal story, the women and the stories behind the recipes come to life.
 
Slide 2: People Who Love to Eat Are Always the Best People
People Who Love to Eat Are Always the Best People
$18.95
This charming, giftable collection of Julia Child quotes shares the wise and witty words of the beloved, best-selling author. Julia Child: People Who Love To Eat Are Always The Best People And Other Wisdom is a delightful volume of compiled quotations and some of Child's most memorable lines on eating—"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook"—on drinking, on life—"I think every woman should have a blowtorch"—on love, travel, France, and much more. Perfect for fans, home cooks, and anyone who simply loves to eat and drink.
 
Slide 3: The Mitsitam Café Cookbook
The Mitsitam Café Cookbook
$26.95
The Mitsitam Café Cookbook is published in association with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian and showcases the Americas' indigenous foods in 90 easy-to-follow, home-tested recipes. Author and Mitsitam Café chef Richard Hetzler spent years researching Native American dishes and food practices for this stunning cookbook that includes full-color images of the dishes and of objects from the museum's collection.
 
Slide 4: More Mexican Everyday
More Mexican Everyday
$35.00
More Mexican Everyday is the follow up to the first Rick Bayless Mexican cookbook. In it Bayless teaches home cooks how to build tasty meals with a few ingredients in a short amount of time. Cooking Mexican couldn't be easier or more delicious. Bayless generously reveals the secrets of his dishes—the salsas and seasonings, mojos and adobos he employs again and again to impart soul-satisfying flavor. He explains fully the classic techniques that create so many much-beloved Mexican meals, from tacos and enchiladas to pozole and mole. Home cooks will be led confidently to making these their go-to recipes night after night.
 
Slide 5: The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
$34.95
The James Beard Award-winning cookbook The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen is a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders. Oglala Lakota and chef Sean Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, elegant and easy. Sherman dispels outdated notions of Native American fare—no fry bread or Indian tacos here—and no European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef. The Sioux Chef's plates embrace venison and rabbit, river and lake trout, duck and quail, wild turkey, blueberries, sage, sumac, timpsula or wild turnip, plums, purslane, and abundant wildflowers.
 
Slide 6: Vegetables Unleashed - A Cookbook
Vegetables Unleashed - A Cookbook
$39.99
Vegetables Unleashed will have you happily eating your veggies. This José Andrés cookbook celebrates the vibrancy and versatility of vegetables. Spanish-American chef Andrés and James Beard award-winning writer Matt Goulding set out to transform how we think about—and eat—the vast universe of vegetables. With recipes highlighting everything from a humble lentil stew to the endless variations on the classic Spanish gazpacho to the curious genius of potatoes baked in fresh compost, Vegetables Unleashed gives us the recipes, tricks, and tips behind the dishes that have made Andrés one of America's most important chefs.
 
Slide 7: Afro-Vegan
Afro-Vegan
$27.50
A groundbreaking cookbook from beloved chef-activist Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed draws from many cultures to create more than 100 enticing vegan recipes. Rising star chef and food activist Terry is known for his simple, creative, and delicious vegan dishes inspired by African-American cooking. In this landmark cookbook, he remixes foods of the African diaspora to create exciting and approachable recipes such as Corn Maque Choux-Stuffed Jamaican Patties with Hot Pepper Sauce, Berebere-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, Groundnut Stew with Winter Vegetables and Cornmeal Dumplings, and more. Afro-Vegan will delight Bryant Terry fans, vegans looking for exciting new recipes, and cooks interested in African, Afro-Caribbean, and Southern cuisine.
 
Slide 8: The Rise
The Rise
$38.00
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by celebrated chef and TV star Marcus Samuelsson celebrates African-American cooking and returns it to its rightful place as an original American cuisine and an essential definition of our culture. In this cookbook packed with 150 recipes, Samuelsson brings together a feast of food, culture, history, and more through his own journey to America and the stories and inspiration of two dozen other top black chefs.
 
Slide 9: 200 Bird Songs from Around the World
200 Bird Songs from Around the World
$50.00
With 200 Bird Songs from Around the World, readers explore the sights and sounds of 200 of the world's most interesting bird species through beautiful full-color illustrations, succinct descriptions, and vivid audio recordings. A beautiful painting illustrates each bird along with concise details about its behavior, environment, and vocalizations. Through the built-in digital audio player, hear each bird as it sings or calls in nature with audio of the birds provided by the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
 
Slide 10: Jewels That Made History
Jewels That Made History
$45.00
From ancient treasures to royal weddings and the red carpet, Jewels That Made History: 101 Stones, Myths, and Legends by Stellene Volandes is a stunning, surprising, and glittering tour of historic turning points and gem-driven drama, delving into the passions and predilections of some of the world's most interesting and extraordinary people.
 
Slide 11: Human Nature
Human Nature
$45.00
In Human Nature: Planet Earth in Our Time, twelve influential photographers offer striking images and expert commentary to bring awareness to the environmental crisis. With extinction looming over millions of species of plants and animals, and continuing environmental degradation, these photographs and stories are a powerful call to action.
 
Slide 12: America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful
$40.00
America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs showcases the stunning spaces closest to our nation's heart, from the woods in the Great Appalachian Valley to the breathtaking sweep of California's Big Sur coast to the wilds of Alaska. It also celebrates the people who made this country what it is, with a wide range of images that includes the Arikara Nation in the early 1900s and scientists preparing for travel to Mars on a Hawaiian island. Culled from National Geographic's photo archives and spanning a period of more than 130 years, this collection depicts the splendor of this great nation with a dramatic combination of modern and historical imagery.
 
Slide 13: Visual Encyclopedia
Visual Encyclopedia
$50.00
The Visual Encyclopedia offers a reliable and visually stunning source of information for the whole family. Packed with carefully curated content, the pages of this illustrated encyclopedia are designed to be accessible and illuminating to a wide range of readers. Its text is integrated with artwork and informative, illuminating photography to bring general knowledge to life. Whether you want to find the answer to a question, read about a particular area of interest, or simply browse a range of subjects, this encyclopedia offers a trustworthy source of knowledge and enjoyment.
 
Slide 14: The Art of Jazz
The Art of Jazz
$35.00
Arranged chronologically, each chapter in The Art of Jazz by Alyn Shipton covers a key period in jazz history, from the earliest days of the twentieth century to today's postmodern jazz. Substantive introductions and an exploration of the evolution of jazz imagery in all its forms mirrors the shifting nature of the music itself. With two authoritative features per chapter and over 300 images, The Art of Jazz is a significant contribution to the literature of this intrepid art form.
 
Slide 15: History of the World in 1,000 Objects
History of the World in 1,000 Objects
$50.00
In History of the World in 1,000 Objects, discover how humans created their world from the objects they left behind. From the U.S. Constitution to the first iPhone, what has defined us is our talent for making things, from basic technology and everyday objects. With stunning, exclusive photography, this book highlights the objects our ancestors treasured, from the jewelry worn by the Mesopotamians to the prized ritual vessels used by the people of the Shang Dynasty, to give readers insight into what gave each culture its own identity.
 
Slide 16: Why We Serve
Why We Serve
$29.95
Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces shares stories from more than 250 years of Native Americans' service in the military to explore the range of reasons why, from love of their home to an expression of their warrior traditions. The book brings fascinating history to life with historical photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps. It also commemorates the 2020 opening of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the first landmark in Washington, D.C. to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Native veterans.
 
Slide 17: Pleibol
Pleibol
$28.95
In the dual language book Pleibol: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues, readers explore the relationship between the Latino community and baseball in America. The stories delve into the historic role the sport has played as a social and cultural force for the Latino community for more than a century. Each chapter features artifacts from the Smithsonian exhibits to bring the past and present together and reveal how baseball is more than just a game.
 
Slide 18: Why We Serve - Deluxe Edition
Why We Serve - Deluxe Edition
$50.00
Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces hardcover book shares stories from more than 250 years of Native Americans' service in the military to explore the range of reasons why, from love of their home to an expression of their warrior traditions. Fascinating history comes to life with historical photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps. The book also commemorates the 2020 opening of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the first landmark in Washington, D.C. to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Native veterans. Limited to 500 copies, this deluxe edition features a lavish cloth cover wrapped in a translucent jacket, and illustrations printed on matte art stock.
 
Slide 19: Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking
Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking
$29.95
Since the 2016 opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, its Sweet Home Café has become a destination in its own right. Showcasing African American contributions to American cuisine, the café offers favorite dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, adding modern flavors and contemporary twists on classics. Now both readers and home cooks can partake of the café's bounty: drawing upon traditions of family and fellowship strengthened by shared meals. Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking celebrates African American cooking through recipes served by the café itself and dishes inspired by foods from African American culture.

With 109 recipes, the sumptuous Sweet Home Café Cookbook takes readers on a deliciously unique journey. Presented here are the salads, sides, soups, snacks, sauces, main dishes, breads, and sweets that emerged in America as African, Caribbean, and European influences blended together. Featured recipes include Pea Tendril Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hoppin' John, Sénégalaise Peanut Soup, Maryland Crab Cakes, Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Pan Roasted Rainbow Trout, Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder, Chow Chow, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Chess Pie, and many others. More than a collection of inviting recipes, this book illustrates the pivotal—and often overlooked—role that African Americans have played in creating and re-creating American foodways. Offering a deliciously new perspective on African American food and culinary culture, Sweet Home Café Cookbook is an absolute must-have.
 
Slide 20: Smithsonian American Women
Smithsonian American Women
$40.00
Smithsonian American Women is an inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women's history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women's participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more. This book offers a unique, panoramic look at women's history in the United States through the lens of ordinary objects from, by, and for extraordinary women. Featuring more than 280 artifacts from 16 Smithsonian museums and archives, and more than 135 essays from 95 Smithsonian authors, this book tells women's history as only the Smithsonian can.

Because of Her Story Part of Smithsonian's
American Women's History Initiative
 
Slide 21: Smithsonian 2021 Engagement Calendar
Smithsonian 2021 Engagement Calendar
$13.99
This week-at-a-glance datebook evokes the diversity, beauty, and immensity of the Smithsonian Institution's collections. A weekly treasure for the person who finds wonder and beauty in the world. The Treasures from the Smithsonian 2021 Engagement Calendar highlights a spectacular array of riches from the Smithsonian's 20 museums and galleries, in addition to the entries from the National Zoological Park and Smithsonian research centers. Each spread features a full-color photograph of an object from the Smithsonian's vast holdings, along with detailed information about the object and its origins. From American crafts to African sculpture to aeronautical wonders and everything in between, this Smithsonian 2021 Engagement Calendar truly has something for everyone. The calendar also features information, phone numbers, and Web site addresses for all the Smithsonian museums and research centers.

This year's cover features the portrait of Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald from the National Portrait Gallery.
 
Slide 22: Victory for the Vote
Victory for the Vote
$27.95
An inspirational gift for women. In her book, Victory for the Vote: The Fight for Women's Suffrage and the Century that Followed, women's history expert Doris Weatherford offers an engaging and detailed narrative history of women's seven-decade fight for the vote, and the continuing current-day struggle for human rights and equality. Victory for the Vote puts the fight for suffrage into contemporary context by discussing key challenges for women in the decades that followed 1920, such as reproductive rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and political power.

Victory for the Vote is a celebration of the centennial of the women's right to vote in the U.S. and is an expansion and update of Weatherford's A History of the American Suffragist Movement, published in 1998 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, considered to be the beginning of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Take pride in the struggles and accomplishments of strong women, understand and appreciate the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the 19th Amendment, and celebrate feminism and recognize the challenges that still remain on the road to human rights for all.

Foreword by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Because of Her Story Part of Smithsonian's
American Women's History Initiative
 
Slide 23: White Fragility
White Fragility
$16.00
In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (foreword written by Michael Eric Dyson), anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people'" (Claudia Rankine).

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is an in-depth exploration where DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
 
Slide 24: Stamped from the Beginning
Stamped from the Beginning
$19.99
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Anti-Racist, the National Book Award-winning masterwork revealing how racist ideas were created, spread, and became deeply rooted in American society.

Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America—it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.

As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities. In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.
 
Slide 25: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
$17.99
A provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America for Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as "How should I react here, as a professional black person?" and "Will this white person's potato salad kill me?" are forever relevant.

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: An Memoir in Essays chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the "being straight" thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform.
 
Slide 26: We Are Not Yet Equal
We Are Not Yet Equal
$10.99
A compelling and timely young adult adaptation of the book that took the world by storm, New York Times bestseller White Rage. Carol Anderson's White Rage asserted that as America achieves progress toward black equality, the systemic response is a racist backlash that rolls back wins.

This adaptation for teens, We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide examines five of these moments: Reconstruction led to Jim Crow laws; Brown v. Board of Education led to the closing of Southern public schools; the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act led to the disenfranchisement of millions and a War on Drugs that disproportionally targeted blacks; and the election of President Obama led to violence including the death of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the election of Donald Trump.

This adaptation is written in a narrative style with additional historical context, and features archival images, a discussion guide, and resources for further reading.
 
Slide 27: How To Be An Anti-Racist
How To Be An Anti-Racist
$27.00
Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of anti-racism re-energizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How To Be An Anti-Racist, Kendi asks us to think about what an anti-racist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to anti-racism. How To Be An Anti-Racist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
 
Slide 28: The Mis-Education of the Negro
The Mis-Education of the Negro
$9.95
In 1933, American historian and educator Carter Woodson (1875-1950) delivered a powerful and prophetic denouncement of "Euro-centric" school curricula that still rings true. Woodson inspired black Americans to demand relevant learning opportunities that were inclusive of their own culture and heritage. In issuing this challenge, Woodson laid the foundation for more progressive and egalitarian educational institutions.

The thoughts Woodson expressed in addresses and articles formed the basis for this work, The Mis-Education of the Negro, described by The New York Times as a challenging book that "throws down the gauntlet to those who have had anything to do with Negro education, whether of white or black race."

The founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Woodson was also the author of more than 16 books and the founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin. The Mis-Education of the Negro is a landmark work that remains essential reading for educators and everyone who seeks to understand the African-American experience.
 
Slide 29: Tough Love
Tough Love
$30.00
Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller. Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, she now shares the wisdom she learned along the way. Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, DC, she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Intimate, sometimes humorous, but always candid, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.
 
Slide 30: The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects - Paperback
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects - Paperback
$40.00
Take a journey through America’s collective memory—from ancient fossils to the digital age—with this encyclopedic chronicle. The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin (the Smithsonian’s first Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador at Large), aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled in this paperback, The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects, a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous perspective on the history of the United States.
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Slide 31: American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem
American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem
$75.00
Richly illustrated and documented, American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem explores the history of the American eagle in American culture—from 1782 when it first appeared as a key element in the Great Seal of the United States to the present.
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Slide 32: Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation features thousands of full-color photographs along with easy-to-read facts and sidebar pullouts telling the story of aviation—from Da Vinci's drawings of flying machines to Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in The Spirit of Saint Louis to the Boeing 767.
 
Slide 33: A Fool's Errand
A Fool's Errand
$29.95
* INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE SIGNED BOOKPLATE BY SMITHSONIAN SECRETARY LONNIE BUNCH *

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump is founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. His story is by turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, bittersweet, and above all, a compelling read.

In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to bear to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity.

This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.
 
Slide 34: Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love
Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love
$55.00
Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love documents the artist's most recent exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, which marked the U.S. debut of The Obliteration Room, an all-white, domestic interior that viewers are invited to cover with dot stickers of various sizes and colors. Taking The Obliteration Room as its centerpiece, this catalog reveals, in vivid large-scale plates, the transformation of the space from a clean white interior to a stunningly saturated room, with ceilings, walls, and furniture covered in myriad multicolored stickers put there by viewers over the course of the exhibition. It also includes beautiful reproductions of Kusama's new large-format paintings from the My Eternal Soul series. Texts include a "Hymn to Yayoi Kusama" by art critic and poet Akira Tatehata and a poem by the artist herself.
 
Slide 35: Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life
Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life
$70.00
Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life documents the artist's exhibition at David Zwirner's Chelsea location in New York in late 2017, featuring a selection of paintings from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two Infinity Mirror Rooms. The monograph includes new scholarship on the artist by Jenni Sorkin, as well as a special foldout poster.
 
Slide 36: Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love
Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love
Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love, originally published to accompany a sellout exhibition at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art, offers an overview of Kusama's entire career, including works from her youth, when she indulged in drawing in order to escape from her hallucinations; paintings made when she was based in New York, including "Infinity Nets" and "Polka Dots," and her happenings in places such as Central Park; her immersive mirrored infinity rooms from the 1980s and 1990s, when she participated in the Venice Biennale; and last but not least, the ongoing large-scale series "My Eternal Soul." Kusama has continuously innovated and reinvented her style; well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation.

Featuring an essay by Akira Shibutami analyzing Kusama's work, this comprehensive publication celebrates one of Japan's most important artists.
 
Slide 37: Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
$160.00
This album movingly depicts East African elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and their kin. Representing the best from photographer Nick Brandt's previous bestsellers, Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls is an ode to African wildlife.
 
Slide 38: Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes
Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes
$39.95
Now you can view at wondrous leisure with Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes treasured murals that for half a century adorned the fossil halls of our National Museum of Natural History. Painstakingly researched and intricately detailed, the 56-million-year mammal evolution murals and Mesozoic Era dinosaur dioramas by renowned paleoartist Jay Matternes are revelatory works of art.
 
Slide 39: Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
$35.00
Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects features striking photographs, gripping graphics, and engaging stories. Fifty key artifacts from the Smithsonian's archives tell the story of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon.
 
Slide 40: Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants
Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants
$50.00
Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants is sumptuously photographed and illustrated. This gorgeous page-turner makes a joy of botany with its clear and fascinating explanations on such varied topics—including photosynthesis, seed growth, and the ability of flowers to manipulate nearby creatures. Who knew? Botanical patterns often graced the robes of Qing dynasty empresses.
 
Slide 41: Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry
Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry
$30.00
As the world celebrates and reflects on the beautiful life of Maya Angelou, Random House presents an updated collection of her works of poetry, including a never-before-published work titled, Amazement Awaits. From her reflection on African American life and hardship in Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'for I Diiieto her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise, and her elegant tributes to dignitaries Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, every inspiring word of Maya Angelou's poetry is included in the pages of Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry.
 
Slide 42: The Color of Law
The Color of Law
$17.95
Widely heralded as a "masterful" (The Washington Post) and "essential" (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America offers "the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation" (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, "virtually indispensable" study that has already transformed our understanding of 20th-century urban history (Chicago Daily Observer), The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.
 
Slide 43: The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium
The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium
$19.99
During the dangerous days of Jim Crow segregation, it was difficult to be an African-American traveler, as hotels that would take you or restaurants that would serve you were few and far between. This was addressed by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual listing of lodging, diners, gas stations, and other businesses that could handle the needs of the Black customer. Created in 1936 by Harlem-based postman Victor H. Green, the Green Book served the public until after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960's ended legal segregation. In The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium you can see all the articles, all the ads, and all the listings from four editions of the Green Book: 1938, 1947, 1954, and 1963-1964, one for each decade in which the series was published—and all of it reproduced at about 50% larger than the original size, for easier reading.
 
Slide 44: Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
$59.95
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music is an official 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock by festival creator Michael Lang. Includes hundreds of photographs—performances, behind-the-scenes moments, the transformation of a field of cows to a chill festival venue, and the aftermath.
 
Slide 45: Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a whimsically timeless tale, beautifully illustrated by world-renowned pop artist Yayoi Kusama. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
 
Slide 46: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
$49.95
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors explores Yayoi Kusama's best-known and most spectacular series—the Infinity Mirror Rooms—and its influence on the course of contemporary art over the past 50 years. World-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation. Kusama's iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms, which originated with Phalli's Field in 1965, situate viewers in kaleidoscopic spaces filled with multicolored lights or whimsical forms.

These mirror-lined installations reflect endlessly, distorting rooms to project the illusion of infinite space. Over the years, the works have come to symbolize different modalities within the various contexts they have inhabited, from Kusama's "self-obliteration" in the Vietnam War era to her more harmonious aspirations in the present.

By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent ethereal atmospheres, this volume aims to historicize the body of work amidst the resurgence of experiential practices within the global landscape of contemporary art. Generously illustrated, this publication invites readers to examine the series' impact over the course of the artist's career. Accompanying essays, an interview with the artist, and a scholarly chronology round out the book.
 
Slide 47: We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
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We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity is a richly illustrated commemoration of African Americans' roles in World War I highlighting how the wartime experience reshaped their lives and their communities after they returned home. This stunning book presents artifacts, medals, and photographs alongside powerful essays that together highlight the efforts of African Americans during World War I. The book also presents the work of black citizens on the home front. Together their efforts laid the groundwork for later advances in the civil rights movement.

We Return Fighting reminds readers not only of the central role of African American soldiers in the war that first made their country a world power. It also reveals the way the conflict shaped African American identity and lent fuel to their longstanding efforts to demand full civil rights and to stake their place in the country's cultural and political landscape.
 
Slide 48: Becoming
Becoming
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Mrs. Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Slide 49: Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
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Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present traces the evolution of Chinese clothing from court and formal costumes to the fashions of modern China. A comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, Chinese Dress is the essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers and collectors, as well as lovers of beautiful clothes everywhere.
 
Slide 50: The Last Emperors
The Last Emperors
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The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. In The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions, Evelyn Rawski offers a bold new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.
 
Slide 51: Cherry Blossom Friends
Cherry Blossom Friends
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A child-friendly history of the cherry trees in our nation's capital, Cherry Blossom Friends is a fully illustrated picture book that tells about the gifts associated with these cherry trees—animals, fresh air, and the long friendship between the United States and Japan. Fun facts will teach first and second graders about the monuments around the National Mall. Riddles will teach them about the animals that live among the cherry trees and in the greater Washington area.
 
Slide 52: Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
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Three books in one, Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 includes the first three titles in L. Frank Baum's American fairytale series about the world of Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, and Ozma of Oz.
 
Slide 53: The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion
The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion
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Devotees of The Wizard of Oz, rejoice! The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion is an extravagant book, beautifully designed and written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Officially licensed with Warner Bros., this collectible edition includes never-before-seen memorabilia and ten removable features, such as certificates from the Wizard of Oz himself and a vintage movie poster.
 
Slide 54: The National Museum of African American History Culture: A Souvenir Book
The National Museum of African American History Culture: A Souvenir Book
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The National Museum of African American History & Culture: A Souvenir Book showcases some of the most influential and important treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections. These include a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman; ankle shackles used to restrain enslaved people on ships during the Middle Passage; a dress that Rosa Parks was making shortly before she was arrested; a vintage, open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; Muhammad Ali's headgear; an 1835 Bill of Sale enslaving a young girl named Polly; and Chuck Berry's Cadillac. These objects tell us the full story of African American history, of triumphs and tragedies and highs and lows.
 
Slide 55: A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer
A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer
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Over her lifetime, Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) assembled a stellar collection of Persian art, including several hundred outstanding examples of lacquerware. Published for the first time in A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer, most of the intricately designed book covers, mirror cases, and pen cases date from the Qajar era (1785-1925). As a respected collector of Persian art, Mrs. Soudavar appreciated these lacquer works for both their artistic quality and historical value. As a connoisseur of calligraphy and well versed in the art of penmanship, she cherished the pen cases and boxes for their association with her personal skill and enjoyment of the art of writing.

Abolala Soudavar generously offered his mother's collection of Persian laquerware as a gift to the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts and to the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC. A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer begins with an overview of Mrs. Soudavar's remarkable life in Iran and her interest in the arts. Other essays address history and work of major lacquer artists of the Qajar era as well as the materials and techniques of Persian lacquer work. Twenty highlights from the collection and a fully illustrated checklist complete this introduction to one of the major collections of Persian lacquer worldwide.
 
Slide 56: Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
This fully illustrated guide to the Smithsonian’s newest museum takes visitors on a journey through the richness and diversity of African American culture and the history of a people whose struggles, aspirations, and achievements have shaped the nation. The Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture provides a comprehensive tour of the museum, including its magnificent building and grounds and eleven permanent exhibition galleries dedicated to themes of history, community, and culture. Highlights from the museum’s collection of artifacts and works of art are presented in full-color photographs, accompanied by evocative stories and voices that illuminate the American experience through the African American lens.
 
Slide 57: Begin With the Past
Begin With the Past
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Begin With the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture presents the long history of efforts to build a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture. In 2003 the museum was officially established at long last, yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. The book traces the appointment of the director, the selection of the site, and the process of conceiving, designing, and constructing a public monument to the achievements and contributions of African Americans. The careful selection of architects, designers, and engineers culminated in a museum that embodies African American sensibilities about space, form, and material and incorporates rich cultural symbols into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape.
 
Slide 58: From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José
From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José
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A book both factual and personal, From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José recounts a portion of African American history as it is being made. Here is the story of the recovery in 2014 of artifacts from the São José, the first known slave ship to be recovered that sank with its human cargo aboard. Finding such a singular lens through which to view the unfathomable scope of the Middle Passage had become a quest for National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) founding director Lonnie Bunch. From No Return chronicles the efforts of NMAAHC and its collaborators to locate the ship and unearth its ungodly objects, including some of the 1,130 iron bars the São José crew used to balance the weight of the ship’s human cargo. The book contains full-page images of these artifacts along with reproductions of the ship’s manifest, the captain’s deposition after the ship capsized in December 1794 off the coast of South Africa, and other archival documents.

Bunch is one of four authors. The others are NMAAHC curator Paul Gardullo and the co-founders of the Slave Wrecks Project, Stephen C. Lubkemann and Jaco Jacqes Boshoff, who repeatedly dived the site. The “journey” that’s referenced in the book’s subtitle is threefold: the recovery of the artifacts; the symbolic return in 2015, by Bunch and the other authors, of those who had perished to their Mozambique homeland; and the personal journeys of the authors themselves as they unspooled this story from the turbulent waters off Cape Town. Each of them bore witness to a moment of discovery that will soon be part of history.

 
Slide 59: Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom
Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom
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Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom, the fifth volume in the series Double Exposure, presents 50 images of African Americans in uniform, from the Civil War to the War in Iraq. The selection of photographs, which exemplify stories of patriotism, courage, and dignity, are enriched by the unique perspective of Frank Bolden, Jr., 12th Administrator of NASA and Gail Lumet Buckley, author of American Patriots.
 
Slide 60: The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection
The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection
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The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection, published in 2014, is a beautifully illustrated book inspired by one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian: The First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. This striking book showcases the treasures from first ladies throughout history, ranging from Martha Washington's silk dress and dressing mirror to Michelle Obama's 2009 inaugural gown and jewelry, and tells the story of the first ladies as public and private figures. They illustrate how these women, thrust into an influential and visible role by happenstance of marriage, adapted themselves and the role of first lady by taking on responsibilities as campaigners, hostesses, and policy advocates.
 
Slide 61: A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture
A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture
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The buildings of the Smithsonian Institution not only contain impressive collections; they are themselves icons of great cultural significance, many of them part of the historic National Mall. The Smithsonian's unique buildings, shown in A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture, illustrate the changing styles and sensibilities of America as an evolving nation. Representing the work of major architects, each building evokes a specific time in history: the mid-19th-century turreted Castle, the sky-reflecting mid-century modern Air and Space Museum, and the golden, undulating, 21st-century American Indian Museum.
 
Slide 62: Last of the Blue and Gray
Last of the Blue and Gray
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Richard Serrano, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, pens a story of two veterans in the late 1950's gearing up for the Civil War centennial—one claiming to be the last Confederate soldier and one claiming to be the last Union soldier—and one of them a fraud. Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War sets the stage for the centennial anniversary of our nation's most difficult period, with notions of ethics and honor and also dishonesty and disgrace.
 
Slide 63: The Great Inka Road
The Great Inka Road
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This compelling collection of essays explores the Qhapaq nan (or Great Inca Road), an extensive network of trails reaching modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. These roads and the accompanying agricultural terraces and structures that have survived for more than six centuries are a testament to the advanced engineering and construction skills of the Inca people. Beautifully designed and featuring more than 225 full-color illustrations, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, the companion volume to a National Museum of the American Indian exhibition of the same name, is a fascinating look at this enduring symbol of the Andean peoples' strength and adaptability.
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Slide 64: Best of the National Air and Space Museum
Best of the National Air and Space Museum
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Experience the thrill of flying some of the world's most important airplanes and spacecraft. Best of the National Air and Space Museum provides unprecedented access to the most popular museum in the world. Best of the National Air and Space Museum features the best of both museums, from the Challenger space shuttle and the Wright Flyer to the Spirit of St. Louis and the stealth bomber. Bob Van der Linden, curator of aeronautics, has selected the most historically important, popular, and just plain impressive aircraft and spacecraft from the collections of both museums to be captured in the book's beautiful full color layouts. Each layout includes intriguing facts of the item's design, use, mission, specifications, and dimensions. It's like your own guided tour!
 
Slide 65: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
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Like no other American, Abraham Lincoln's life is entwined with the history and culture of the nation. His rise from poverty to the presidency has inspired others to believe in the promise of opportunity; his success in preserving the nation is one of our greatest triumphs; his death is our American tragedy.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 2009, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History published its unparalleled Lincoln collection. It contains many historical treasures, including: Lincoln's top hat, his gold pocket watch from his days as a Springfield lawyer, the inkstand he used to draft the Emancipation Proclamation, his patent model for lifting boats, one of Mary Lincoln's White House gowns and jewelry, and prison hoods and shackles worn by the Lincoln conspirators. Showcasing more than 125 objects and photographs, Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life tells a new and intimate story of the life and legacy of this remarkable American icon.
 
Slide 66: African Textiles Today
African Textiles Today
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African Textiles Today illustrates how African history is read, told, and recorded in cloth. All artifacts or works of art hold within them stories that range far beyond the time of their creation or the lifetime of their creator, and African textiles are patterned with these hidden histories. In Africa, cloth may be used to memorialize or commemorate something—an event, a person, a political cause—which in other parts of the world might be written down in detail or recorded by a plaque or monument. Making and trading numerous types of cloth have been vital elements in African life and culture for at least two millennia, linking different parts of the continent with each other and the rest of the world. Africa's long engagement with the peoples of the Mediterranean and the islands of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans provides a story of change and continuity.

African Textiles Today shows how ideas, techniques, materials, and markets have adapted and flourished, and how the dynamic traditions in African textiles have provided inspiration for the continent's foremost contemporary artists and photographers. With a concluding chapter discussing the impact of African designs across the world, the book offers a fascinating insight into the living history of Africa. Beautifully illustrated with examples of the rich variety of textile traditions throughout Africa, and their influence on photographers and contemporary artists in Africa and throughout the world. Fascinating insights into the materials, design, production, and use of a wide range of textiles. Enlarged details showing the finest examples of textile arts, most selected from the superb collections of the British Museum. Incorporates the work of some of Africa's foremost contemporary artists.
 
Slide 67: How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
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Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Wendy Melillo, authors the first book to explore the history of the Ad Council and their campaigns that brought public service announcements to the nation through the mass media. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America explores the issues and campaigns that have been paramount to the nation's collective memory and looks at challenges facing public service campaigns in the current media environment.
 
Slide 68: Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms
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In Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms discover how Norman Rockwell's paintings of FDR's Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear—changed public perception, rallying millions of people to support the War effort. This pivotal American story of art inspiring a national movement drives home the power of illustrations to communicate ideas.
 
Slide 69: A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
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Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes extensive gardens and landscape areas. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens is a beautifully illustrated guide to the colorful and attractive gardens that surround the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. Imagine having the Smithsonian's resources and knowledge to solve the problems that confront every gardener: growing roses without pesticides, holding four-season interest, experimenting with exotic plants, designing a garden that reflects the architecture around it, creating a contemplative space, recreating historic or themed gardens, and much more.
 
Slide 70: The Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America
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In 1904, Elizabeth Price Martin founded the Garden Club of Philadelphia. In 1913, twelve garden clubs in the eastern and central United States signed an agreement to form the Garden Guild. The Garden Guild would later become the Garden Club of America (GCA), celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. GCA is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. The Garden Club of America: 100 Years of a Growing Legacy is a centennial celebration of strong women who nurtured the country, helped spread the good word of gardening, and continue to plant seeds of awareness.
 
Slide 71: 5000 Years of Tiles
5000 Years of Tiles
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5000 Years of Tiles is a comprehensive, full-color exploration of tile art and production worldwide, from earliest times to the present day. Placing the tiles firmly in their historical and cultural context, the book highlights both continuity and diversity, the dissemination of techniques and designs, and how tile art in one time and place has inspired and rejuvenated those in others. 5000 Years of Tiles is the essential single volume for anyone interested in the ceramic, decorative, and architectural arts.