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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
American Women's History Initiative
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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: 5.5" Plush Beanbag Wolf
5.5" Plush Beanbag Wolf
Was: $15.00 Now: $9.99
Just super cute! This heirloom quality 5.5" Plush Beanbag Wolf has been designed with great attention to detail. Sure to be treasured... forever... this adorable wolf is made with poly plush. Made in China.
 
Slide 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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.
 
Slide 16: Solar System Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Solar System Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Was: $85.00 Now: $58.99
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

Assemble all 250 pieces of this Solar System Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle and behold a magnificent image of the heavens we inhabit. Finely crafted in England from sustainably harvested wood superimposed with state of the art laser imaging, this puzzle includes a number of thematic "whimsies"—pieces shaped on a whim to reflect the theme of the puzzle.
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Slide 17: How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
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 18: A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
Was: $14.95 Now: $9.99
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 19: 5000 Years of Tiles
5000 Years of Tiles
Was: $39.95 Now: $24.99
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.
 
Slide 20: The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Was: $24.95 Now: $9.99
In The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Religion's Role in the FDR Presidency, religion journalist and author Christine Wicker establishes that faith was at the heart of everything Roosevelt wanted for the American people. This powerful book is the first in-depth look at how one of America's richest, most patrician presidents became a passionate and beloved champion of the downtrodden—and took the country with him. During times so hard that the country would have followed him anywhere, he summoned the better angels of the American character in ways that have never been surpassed.
 
Slide 21: Smithsonian Rock and Roll
Smithsonian Rock and Roll
Was: $40.00 Now: $19.99
In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin' places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated in Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen. There are early photographs of everyone from Run-D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen before.
 
Slide 22: American Endurance
American Endurance
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
Richard A. Serrano, who has shared in three Pulitzer Prizes, including coverage of the San Bernardino terror attacks, wrote American Endurance: Buffalo Bill, the Great Cowboy Race of 1893, and the Vanishing Wild West. It is history, mystery, and Western all rolled into one. In June 1893, nine cowboys raced across a thousand miles of American prairie to the Chicago World's Fair. For two weeks they thundered past angry sheriffs, governors, and Humane Society inspectors intent on halting their race. Waiting for them at the finish line was Buffalo Bill Cody, who had set up his Wild West Show right next to the World's Fair that had refused to allow his exhibition at the fair.
 
Slide 23: The Value of the Moon
The Value of the Moon
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources, lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the Moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and development and a participant in and beneficiary of a new lunar economy. Throughout his work, Spudis incorporates details about man's fascination with the Moon and its place in our shared history. He also explores its religious, cultural, and scientific resonance and assesses its role in the future of spaceflight and our national security and prosperity.
 
Slide 24: The Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America
Was: $29.95 Now: $9.99
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.