The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects - Special Reprint Signed Edition

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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, and Acting Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage), aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled in this special reprint, 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.

Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry in The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory. Richard Kurin sheds remarkable light on objects we think we know well, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen, including the often astonishing tales of how each made its way into the collections of the Smithsonian.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is responsible for the collection, care and preservation of more than three million objects. The collections reflect the breadth, depth and complexity of the experiences of the American people, from social and cultural history to the history of science, medicine and technology.


  • Book signed by author Richard Kurin
  • One time reprint with a new cover, updated timeline, and a foreword by Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch
  • Hardcover
  • 784 pages, illustrations throughout
  • 9.1" x 7.3"