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Slide 0: Double Exposure Picturing Children
Double Exposure Picturing Children
$16.95
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.
 
Slide 1: Dream a World Anew
Dream a World Anew
$40.00
Dream a World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America combines informative narratives from leading scholars, curators, and authors with objects from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection to present a thorough exploration of African American history and culture. The first half of the book bridges a major gap in our national memory by examining a wide arc of African American history, from Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Migrations through Segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. The second half of the book celebrates African American creativity and cultural expressions through art, dance, theater, and literature. Sidebars and profiles of influential figures—including Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls, Ida B. Wells, Mordecai Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and many others—provide additional context and interest throughout the book. Dream a World Anew is a powerful book that provides an opportunity to explore and revel in African American history and culture, as well as the chance to see how central African American history is for all Americans.
 
Slide 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Auto-OpenClose Travel Umbrella
National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Auto-OpenClose Travel Umbrella
$30.00
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Spread the word, graphically, of the Smithsonian's newest museum with this National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Auto-Open/Close Travel Umbrella. The colorfully and artfully lettered acronym of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) distinctively accents one of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Auto-Open/Close Travel Umbrella's 8 panels. Polyester. Imported.
 
Slide 6: National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Beanie
National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Beanie
$12.00
Celebrate, graphically, the Smithsonian’s newest museum with this National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Beanie. The colorfully and artfully lettered acronym (NMAAHC) for the National Museum of African American History and Culture embroiders the front cuff of this National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Beanie. Acrylic knit. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 7: African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff
African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff
$80.00
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The unique openwork design of this striking African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff replicates the ornamental bronze lattice wrapping the museum's architectural corona shape. Create an ensemble with the matching African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Pendant and Chain and Pierced Earrings. Bronze with antiqued finish. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 8: African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cufflinks
African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cufflinks
$50.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

The unique openwork design of these striking African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cufflinks replicates the ornamental bronze lattice wrapping the museum's architectural corona shape. Bronze with antiqued finish. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 9: African American History and Culture Museum Plush Bear with Museum Logo T-Shirt
African American History and Culture Museum Plush Bear with Museum Logo T-Shirt
$18.00
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This adorable National Museum of African American History and Culture's Plush Bear with Museum Logo T-Shirt smiles to express his happiness that the Smithsonian Institution's newest Museum, the NMAAHC (National Museum of African American History and Culture) will be opening in fall 2016. Dressed for curated success, this cuddly plush bear sports a replica National Museum of African American History and Culture's Men's Logo T-Shirt with the Museum's acronym NMAAHC colorfully spelled out on the front. Imported.
 
Slide 10: African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Pendant and Chain
African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Pendant and Chain
$50.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

The unique openwork design of this striking African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Pendant and Chain replicates the ornamental bronze lattice wrapping the museum's architectural corona shape. Create an ensemble with the matching African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff and Pierced Earrings. Bronze with antiqued finish. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 11: African American History and Culture Museum Brass Corona Keychain
African American History and Culture Museum Brass Corona Keychain
$18.00
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Etched in solid brass, this African American History and Culture Museum Brass Corona Keychain with FREEDOM logo is mindfully aesthetic and on-message. The handsome openwork design of this African American History and Culture Museum Brass Corona Keychain reprises a unique motif ornamenting the Museum's exterior corona, or crown. Hand-buff with a polishing cloth. Store in the sealed bag with anti-tarnish chip. Made in the U.S.A.
 
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