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Slide 0: 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
$19.95
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 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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.
 
Slide 4: Becoming
Becoming
$32.50
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.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Mrs. Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. 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 5: 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 6: Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty
Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty
$75.00
Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty is the culmination of a ten-year collaboration among American, Chinese and Japanese scholars. This lavishly illustrated history of Chinese ceramics gives us a fresh perspective on China's oldest art form.
 
Slide 7: 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 8: 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.
 
Slide 9: Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes
$90.00
Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes reflects the references to literary, pop culture, metaphysic, personal history and humor that inform her contemporary paintings. The cover painting was created specifically for this book. Rare Z-fold binding creates two connected mirror-image books—one with text in English and German, the other with color images.
 
Slide 10: National Geographic The Photo Ark
National Geographic The Photo Ark
$35.00
The lush animal portraits by photographer Joel Sartore are part of his joint venture with National Geographic to photograph every animal in captivity in the world—especially those on the verge of extinction. National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals is fine prose by wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick. Foreward by Harrison Ford.
 
Slide 11: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
$29.99
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Beatles Yellow Submarine is a fully authorized graphic novel that is an adaptation of Yellow Submarine—a landmark animated fantasy film in which the Beatles rescue Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
 
Slide 12: 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 13: 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 14: Birds in a Book
Birds in a Book
$16.99
Delight a friend, birder, anyone who needs a lift with this charming Birds in a Book, featuring ten beloved birds. Perched on die-cut branches, simply "pop up" each bird, stand the book on end, and voilà, you have a whimsical bouquet. Accompanying text describes each bird's attributes.
 
Slide 15: Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms
$30.00
This beautiful commemorative book, Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, captures the magic of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in our nation's capital. Filled with breathtaking images by award-winning photographer Ron Blunt, this treasured page-turner covers every aspect of the festival in its four charming chapters—"Starting with the Gift of Trees," "Springtime Celebration," "Parade and Performances," and "Tidal Basin and Beyond."
 
Slide 16: Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
$65.00
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 17: Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
$18.99
Chinese Symbolism & Art Motifs is a comprehensive handbook of symbolism in Chinese art and culture. Serves as an invaluable resource for any student of Eastern art history, Chinese arts and crafts, and anyone interested in commonly held Chinese beliefs and their origins.
 
Slide 18: Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City
Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City
$16.95
Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City is a colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book featuring a boy of today and a Little Emperor from the past who find adventure and fun in the Forbidden City!
 
Slide 19: The Last Emperors
The Last Emperors
$36.95
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 20: Cherry Blossom Friends
Cherry Blossom Friends
$14.95
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 21: 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 22: Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
$19.95
Written by Sterling Seagrave, author of The Soong Dynasty, Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China gives us our most vivid and reliable biography yet of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, remembered through the exaggeration and falsehood of legend as the ruthless Manchu concubine who seduced and murdered her way to the Chinese throne in 1861.
 
Slide 23: Adventures of Rama
Adventures of Rama
$16.95
To rid the world of the evil, ten-headed Ravana, the Hindu god Vishnu appears on earth as a heroic prince, Rama. The devotion of his brother Lakshman, his marriage to the beautiful Sita, and encounters with demons, giants, sages, and holy men form favorite episodes familiar to any Hindu child. Taken from the holy text, the Ramayana, these stories conclude with Rama's efforts to rescue the kidnapped Sita, aided by Hanuman, leader of an army of monkeys. The Adventures of Rama retells and lavishly illustrates these incidents using original paintings from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art. The author, Milo Cleveland Beach, is the former director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Although based on Hindu religion and taken from the 500 B.C. Ramayana, this story book is really all about marvels. Lavishly illustrated with enlargements of miniatures painted during the reign of Akbar the Great.
 
Slide 24: To the Moon and Back: My Apollo Adventure
To the Moon and Back: My Apollo Adventure
$32.00
Budding astronauts (and perhaps a few grandparents) will marvel at humankind's first steps on the moon in this superb pop-up adventure To the Moon and Back: My Apollo Adventure. Brought to life by preeminent paper engineer Bruce Foster, the intricate pop-ups and paper folds tell the story of Buzz Aldrin's journey to the moon—from his blast off into space to his firsthand accounts of the mission to his awe-inspired observation of the Moon's "magnificent desolation." Also includes historical context, and magnificent images.
 
Slide 25: I Am Neil Armstrong
I Am Neil Armstrong
$14.99
I Am Neil Armstrong is an engaging picture book biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, this fun biography is the 15th in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes. Geared for 5-8 year olds, this Neil Armstrong story includes the traits and childhood influences that made him a hero, helping kids to see how they might be a hero too. An excellent timeline and photos can be found in the back.
 
Slide 26: Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
$19.99
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 27: The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)
The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)
$39.95
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition explores numerous contemporary references, provides character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz." A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations. There is a bibliography of L. Frank Baum's published work, every notable "Oz" edition, and the stage and cinematic productions from 1939's The Wizard of Oz™, to the 1974 Broadway hit, The Wiz. A beautiful, awe-inspiring work, The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) is an enduring tribute to the timeless joy of The Wizard of Oz, and a classic to rival Baum's own.
 
Slide 28: The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion
The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion
$40.00
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 29: 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 30: Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
The unexpected pairings of paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, sketches, and digital renderings in Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World were carefully selected by a panel of international experts to show how differently and magnificently the cosmos has been contemplated.
 
Slide 31: Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments
Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments
$34.95
A richly illustrated first of its kind anthology, Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments tells the story of baseball's most esteemed 20th century game worn uniforms—including Babe Ruth's road jersey from his first season with the New York Yankees (1920), the sole surviving uniform from the infamous 1919 World Series, Joe DiMaggio's rookie uniform from 1936, the Boston Red Sox road uniform Ted Williams wore during his epic 1941 season, Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey from the 1952 season, Bill Mazeroski's Pittsburgh Pirates home uniform worn to hit the game-winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and a visual feast of rare uniform styles. This coffee-table book also includes many of the most historically significant jackets, hats, and other treasured baseball collectibles.
 
Slide 32: A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot
A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot
A true story with special appeal for animal lovers of any age, A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot tells the heartwarming story of a scruffy mutt who became the U.S. Rail Mail mascot during the late 1800s. Written by Dirk Wales and illustrated by Diane Kenna, A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot includes a copy of an historic 1890 Railroad Map showing the places Owney went and a partial list of the specific towns he visited.
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Slide 33: All the Presidents' Gardens
All the Presidents' Gardens
$29.95
From plant-obsessed George Washington to Michelle Obama's kitchen garden, bestselling author Marta McDowell reveals the untold history of the White House Grounds. All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses—How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America includes tidbits of presidential pastimes, plant information (past and present), and the gardeners who nurtured them, along with historical and contemporary photographs.
 
Slide 34: A World of Butterflies
A World of Butterflies
$26.00
Discover a world of fleeting beauty and pattern, captured in 245 breathtaking, full color close-ups by retired National Museum of Natural History naturalist/researcher, Kjell Sandved. Gorgeous on the coffee table, small enough for a field trip. Includes habitat, range and habits of each butterfly.
 
Slide 35: The National Museum of African American History Culture: A Souvenir Book
The National Museum of African American History Culture: A Souvenir Book
$9.95
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 36: Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life
Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life
$25.00
In Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life we follow Freer from his humble beginnings in Kingston, New York, to his rise to prominence in the railroad manufacturing industry in Detroit, Michigan. A richly illustrated narrative, Lee Glazer—the Freer Gallery's curator of American art—reveals in Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life his transformation from capitalist to connoisseur of both Asian and American art, his friendships with contemporary American artists, the decorative transformation of his home in Detroit, and his quest for masterpieces from Turkey to Tokyo. Drawing on Freer's voluminous correspondence and personal papers, Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life frames Freer's biography against the background of Gilded Age culture and the rise of the United States as an international power in the early decades of the twentieth century.
 
Slide 37: A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer
A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer
$30.00
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 38: Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
$14.95
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 39: Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour Through American History DVD + Free Guidebook
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour Through American History DVD + Free Guidebook
$79.95
Explore the rich, visual history of the United States in 24 must-experience lectures in Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History DVD. Your eminent instructor is Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture. His unique approach shares the unexpected stories revealed by some of the Smithsonian’s most iconic American artifacts. From George Washington’s sword to the Star Spangled Banner and from Harriet Tubman’s hymnal to the space shuttle Discovery, Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History could not be more riveting or more approachable.

A collaboration between The Great Courses and the Smithsonian Institution, Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History is an educational experience you may feel compelled to binge watch. The companion Free Guidebook includes a 272-page course synopsis, portraits and literature, list of featured objects, suggested readings and bibliography.

LECTURE TITLES

1. The Star-Spangled Banner—Inspiring the Anthem
2. Presidents and Generals—Images of Leadership
3. Conscience and Conflict—Religious History
4. The Growth and Spread of Slavery
5. Emancipation and the Civil War
6. Gold, Guns, and Grandeur—The West
7. The First Americans—Then and Now
8. Planes, Trains, Automobiles … and Wagons
9. Communications—From Telegraph to Television
10. Immigrant Dreams and Immigrant Struggles
11. User Friendly—Democratizing Technology
12. Extinction and Conservation
13. Kitty Hawk to Tranquility—Innovation and Flight
14. Cold War—Red Badges, Bombs, and the Berlin Wall
15. National Tragedy—Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

Plus 9 more lecture titles!

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Slide 40: Through the African American Lens
Through the African American Lens
$16.95
From daguerreotype portraits taken before the Civil War to twenty-first century digital prints, the Double Exposure series is a striking visual record of key historical events, cultural touchstones, and private and communal moments that helps to illuminate African American life. In addition to featuring fifty photographs from a broad range of African American experiences, each thematic volume includes introductions by some of the leading historians, activists, photographers, and writers of our times. Through the African American Lens is an introduction to the photography collection, revealing the ways in which African Americans have used activism, community, and culture to fight for social justice and create a better life.
 
Slide 41: Begin With the Past
Begin With the Past
$29.95
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 42: 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
$45.00
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 43: Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom
Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom
$16.95
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 44: Mars: A New View of the Red Planet
Mars: A New View of the Red Planet
$29.99
Mars has always fascinated humanity and the findings of the past decade have revolutionized ideas about our nearest neighbor—revealing its watery past and geological similarity to Earth.

This gorgeously illustrated volume is filled with the latest and most magnificent images to be sent back from Curiosity, will walk you in the footsteps of the NASA probes and rovers that have been surveying the planet from 1964 until the present day. Experience its other-worldly beauty as you hover over sinister dust devils, immense icecaps and textured rock formations.

Mars: A New View of the Red Planet charts an incredible course across this unfamiliar planet, depicting all sides, seasons, channels and chasms, from the North Pole to the Southern Highlands. Witness the soaring heights of Olympus Mons—the tallest volcano in the Solar System—watch a giant dust storm tear through the canyons of the Valles Marineris, and explore the broad valleys of Chryse Planitia, scarred from catastrophic floods.

Detailed and accessible essays explain how Mars was formed, shedding light on its internal and external structure, weather systems and unique geographical features, as well as on the compelling evidence of water and microscopic life. Each image is accompanied by a caption that explains in unparalleled detail the abstract patterns and peculiar geology that form this majestic planet.

Featuring over 200 spectacular photographs and informative color diagrams, an atlas of the surface and details of the most recent scientific discoveries Mars is the perfect introduction to the Red Planet.
 
Slide 45: Everglades: America's Wetland
Everglades: America's Wetland
From Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, from inside the bone-crushing jaws of an alligator to the storms that race across the black water backcountry, award-winning conservation photographer and National Audubon Society biologist Mac Stone takes us on a visual journey through the Everglades. In Everglades: America’s Wetland more than 200 striking photographs—images that have wowed National Geographic, The BBC, NPR and periodicals across the globe—showcase the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem, capturing the amazing depths of its landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the resilience of the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Aerial views in Everglades: America’s Wetland highlight the vast expanse of the River of Grass. Underwater images capture the endless wonders of the Everglades, including sharks darting through mangrove roots. Intimate close-ups showcase awe-inspiring flora and fauna such as the ghost orchid, the Florida panther, the endangered Everglades snail kite, roseate spoonbills, and, of course, the majestic American alligator.

In a special foreword, Michael Grunwald introduces readers to a short history of the Everglades. Exclusive essays from the top minds in Everglades conservation appear throughout the book, opening an even wider perspective on Stone's powerful photographs.
 
Slide 46: Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles
Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles
Kids will be utterly fascinated as they explore the amazing world of reptiles in Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles. From living dragons to snakes that fly and shed skin, readers will learn about a cobra’s spitting distance, snake attack survival, the life cycle of the giant prehistoric snake Titanoboa, as well as fascinating facts about lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and turtles. Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles is jam-packed with amazing images, fun games, and quizzes. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
 
Slide 47: Smithsonian 2020 Engagement Calendar
Smithsonian 2020 Engagement Calendar
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 2020 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 2020 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.
 
Slide 48: 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 49: Amazing Origami
Amazing Origami
Designed for all ages and skill levels, Amazing Origami: Traditional Japanese Folding Papers and Projects comes with everything you need to transform high quality paper into beautiful origami works of art. Simple instructions permit origami beginners to start immediately. Gorgeous, Japanese folding papers—patterned with delicate designs and gold detailing evocative of one-of-a-kind motifs gracing vintage Japanese kimono fabrics—inspire experienced paper folders to create unique origami art. Kit includes 144 two-sided, full-color folding papers, 17 fun projects (Luna moth, tortoise, carp, leaf, peacock, butterfly, koi, Chinese pinwheel, and many more), 13 custom paper designs, and clear step-by-step instructions. Sturdy box doubles a display pedestal.
 
Slide 50: Spaceman
Spaceman
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.

Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having "the right stuff" really means.
 
Slide 51: Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race
Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race
Visually stunning! Revisit America's historic 1969 landing on the Moon, humankind's first steps there, and the challenges and space missions (both Russian and American) that led up to this amazing accomplishment through the 3-D lens of Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race. A 3-D viewer—designed by astrophysicist (and lead guitarist with the rock group Queen) Brian May—comes with the book.
 
Slide 52: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Spellbinding. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 is a beautifully illustrated picture book about Apollo 11's famed moon landing. This true story of adventure and discovery during the summer of 1969 conveys the calm professionalism of the astronauts, the monumental size of the great machines, the ROAR of the rockets, and the silence of the Moon.
 
Slide 53: Caticons: 4000 Years of Art Imitating Cats
Caticons: 4000 Years of Art Imitating Cats
A compelling homage to cats and the fascination they engender, Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats is eminently worthy of your finest coffee table. Explore 468 images (many with poems, quotes, and text) of all things feline—cats in art, cats in books and entertainment, cats and children, cats and music, cat lovers, cat haters...
 
Slide 54: America The Cookbook: A Culinary Road Trip Through The 50 States
America The Cookbook: A Culinary Road Trip Through The 50 States
From appetizers to desserts and beyond, America the Cookbook: A Culinary Road Trip Through the 50 States is the first book to comprehensively document AND celebrate the diversity and melting-pot fusion of American cuisine. This 800-recipe collection includes a unique state-by-state section with essays and menus from 100 preeminent food experts and chefs. Thoroughly researched.
 
Slide 55: The Jefferson Bible
The Jefferson Bible
The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
by Thomas Jefferson

The Jefferson Bible is an exquisite full-color reproduction of his famous, much-edited version of Jesus’ life and teachings, cut and pasted from eight Bibles—two each in English, French, Latin and Greek. Includes his hand-written margin notes, chapters on his Enlightenment views, and a review of the painstaking process to preserve the original.

An introduction by Smithsonian curators Harry R. Rubenstein and Barbara Clark Smith explains Jefferson’s intentions in creating the volume and the ways that his endeavor reflected his Enlightenment ideals and Revolutionary spirit. Smithsonian conservator Janice Stagnitto Ellis’s essay on conservation reveals surprising insights into how Jefferson crafted the book so precisely. Faithful to the unique artifact so painstakingly created by Thomas Jefferson himself, The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition makes the thoughts of a great American mind accessible for generations to come.
 
Slide 56: Double Exposure: African American Women
Double Exposure: African American Women
Double Exposure: African American Women highlights NMAAHC’s rich collection of striking photographs of African American girls and women, some of whom are cultural icons. This third volume in the Double Exposure series demonstrates the dignity, joy, heartbreak, commitment, and sacrifice of women of all ages and backgrounds by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beverly Conley, Robert Galbraith, Ernest C. Withers, Wayne F. Miller, P.H. Polk, Joe Schwartz, and Milton Williams.
 
Slide 57: Double Exposure: Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality
Double Exposure: Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality
Double Exposure: Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality commemorates the ongoing fight to fulfill the promise of freedom and equality for all American citizens, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. Features powerful images from Leonard Freed’s series, Black in White America, Ernest C. Withers photographs of the Sanitation Workers’ Solidarity March in Nashville, Charles Moore’s documentation of police brutality during the 1963 Birmingham Childrens’ Crusade.
 
Slide 58: Double Exposure: Picturing Children
Double Exposure: Picturing Children
The fourth volume in the series, Double Exposure: Picturing Children features a diverse selection of photographs: spontaneous records of intimate family moments, playtime, and communal activities as well as posed portraits. Photographers include Henry Clay Anderson, Wayne F. Miller, Joe Schwartz, Jamel Shabazz, Milton Williams and Ernest C. Withers. The volume includes short reflections on individual photographs which explore how the images speak not only to past experiences of African American youth, but also to our evolving concepts of childhood, youth engagement in American society and the future.