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Slide 0: Begin With the Past
Begin With the Past
Was: $29.95 Now: $20.99
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 1: 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
Was: $45.00 Now: $30.99
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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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
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Slide 5: Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Was: $65.00 Now: $44.99
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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.
 
Slide 9: 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 10: 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.
 
Slide 11: 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.