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The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects w/ Author Richard Kurin

Computer History Museum

Monday, November 18, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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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
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

Monday, November 18, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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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’s speaker series features innovators, legends, opinion leaders, engineers, and scientists exploring the past, present, and future of technology. The lively stories and personal insights, coupled with sharp questioning from a knowledgeable audience, illuminate hidden niches. Treasured myths and misinformation often take a beating. Ego clashes, boardroom strife, and bet-the-company adventures get as much play as technical details. All of it is captured on digital video and presented in full on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

The Museum also hosts regular events honoring milestone machines, breakthroughs, companies, and anniversaries. Some are single events. Others are series of lectures and celebrations. Many are accompanied by commemorative publications written and edited by the curatorial staff.

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