Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian

Collection Name: Scott Skinner Collection
Artist or Author: Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
Creation Year: 2001
Width: 9.00 inches
Length: 12.02 inches
Summary: The Smithsonian Institution has been America's museum since 1846. What do its vast collections-from the ruby slippers to a pieces of Plymouth Rock, first ladies' gowns to patchwork quilts, a Model T Ford to a customized Ford LTD low rider-tell Americans about themselves? In this lavishly illustrated guide to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick tell the stories behind more than 250 of the museum's treasures, many of them never before photographed for publication. These stories not only reveal what America as a nation has decided to save and why but also speak to changing visions of national identity. (from the inside jacket)
Type: Book
Geographic: United States
Materials: Paper
Significance: Art, Historical
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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian