The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects w/ Author Richard Kurin
Monday, November 18, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)
Mountain View, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new 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 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. Kurin sheds remarkable new 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. Other objects will be eye-opening new discoveries for many, but no less evocative of the most poignant and important moments of the American experience. Some objects, such as Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell difficult stories from the nation's history, and inspire controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery, celebrate the richness and vitality of the American spirit. In Kurin's hands, each object comes to vivid life, providing a tactile connection to American history.
Please join Museum CEO John Hollar as he moderates a conversation with Dr. Kurin about this remarkable book.
We are very pleased that Kepler's Books will be onsite selling copies of Dr. Kurin's book before and after the program.
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Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Ca. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.
The Museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, on-site tours, and physical exhibitions. Now at the Museum “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing”, a technological wonderland that immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and stories of the computer revolution. Other physical exhibits include, “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” and “Going Places: A History of Google Maps with Street View"
Museum Hours: Wed-Sun 10am- 5pm
Revolution Exhibit ($15 Admission)
Babbage Engine Exhibit (Free Admission)
Going Places: A History of Google Maps with Street View (Free Admission)