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Slide 0: Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom
Double Exposure: Fighting for Freedom
Was: $16.95 Now: $11.99
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 1: A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer
A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer
Was: $30.00 Now: $20.99
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 2: Becoming
Becoming
Was: $32.50 Now: $21.99
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.

Because of Her Story Part of Smithsonian's
American Women's History Initiative
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Slide 3: 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
Was: $18.00 Now: $11.99
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

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. Made in China.
 
Slide 4: Space Shuttle Playset
Space Shuttle Playset
Was: $55.00 Now: $37.99
Encourage exploration and adventure with this realistic Space Shuttle Playset with openable bay doors. This exciting playset comes with 3 astronauts, an American flag, and a launch pad with removable boosters. Diecast, plastic. Ages 3 and up. Made in China.
 
Slide 5: 12" Plush Ring-Tailed Lemur
12" Plush Ring-Tailed Lemur
Was: $25.00 Now: $16.99
You can just tell from the realistic face of this 12" Plush Ring-Tailed Lemur that it is eager to establish close bonds—just like his highly social, real life cousins. Undeniably adorable, this super cuddly lemur is built for a lifetime of hugs. Comes with educational ring-tailed lemur fact tag. Poly plush. Made in China.
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Slide 6: 12" Plush Baby Gorilla
12" Plush Baby Gorilla
Was: $20.00 Now: $13.99
With thick faux fur and ultra-soft stuffing, this adorable 12" Plush Baby Gorilla is meant for lots of hugs and cuddles. Exceptionally detailed, this sweet and highly durable companion plans to be utterly devoted to YOU. Comes with educational gorilla fact tag. Poly plush. Made in India.
 
Slide 7: 15-Inch Plush River Otter
15-Inch Plush River Otter
Was: $24.00 Now: $15.99
Soft and huggable, this authentically shaped and colored 15-Inch Plush River Otter recalls Coquille, Potomac, and Nash, the North American river otter pups who reside at our National Zoo's American Trail. Polyester with spun recycled plastic fill. Plastic eyes. Made in China.
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Slide 8: 13-Inch Plush Wallaby
13-Inch Plush Wallaby
Was: $24.00 Now: $15.99
This cuddly 13-Inch Plush Wallaby with poseable arms is reminiscent of a newborn Bennett's wallaby joey who resides with its mother at our National Zoo's Small Mammal House. Polyester. Plastic eyes. Made in Indonesia.
 
Slide 9: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Was: $16.99 Now: $9.99
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 10: African Textiles Today
African Textiles Today
Was: $45.00 Now: $21.99
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 11: Wrights Bundle
Wrights Bundle
Was: $32.85 Now: $14.99
A trio of graphic novels sharing the adventures of schoolmates Eric, Dominique, Ajay, and Josephine as they visit the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History. In the first installation The Wrong Wrights, our heroes intervene to save the National Air and Space Museum from Wright brothers interlopers. In the second graphic novel Claws and Effect, the middle schoolers strive to save the National Museum of Natural History from villains. The third graphic novel, It's Treason, by George!, the young heroes visit the National Museum of American History and intervene to thwart a dastardly scheme. In all three installations the four spunky middle schoolers use their history and science knowledge to thwart dastardly schemes.