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The 101 objects that tell the story of America

"The History of America in 101 Objects"
by: Richard Kurin

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What do a Singer sewing machine, the Declaration of Independence and Dorothy’s ruby slippers have in common? These three objects (and 98 others) are a vital part of the history of our country.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Richard Kurin has collected 101 objects that tell the history of the United States, and he chronicles their story in the new book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.”

What object that could tell the history of America would you nominate? Call us and share your suggestions.


Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, responsible for many of its museums and educational programs and author of “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects” (Penguin Press HC, 2013)

Richard Kurin is at our Crawford Family Forum tonight to talk for the book, “101 Objects that Tell America’s Story.” The event starts at 7:00pm. Admission is free, and you can RSVP on our website at