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101 Objects Book Tour: Richard Kurin

Smithsonian Collaborator: Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture

Affiliate Collaborator(s): Nine Smithsonian Affiliates

The Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture Richard Kurin is on the road in Affiliateland speaking about his new book, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. Aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, 101 Objects is a literary exhibition of objects from across the Smithsonian that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States.

After the success of his previous book tours in Affiliateland - Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men, and Hope and Hope Diamond: The Legendary Story of a Cursed Gem - Kurin is looking forward to visiting Affiliates again and sharing these fascinating stories from American history. He kicked-off the Affiliate tour November 12, 2013 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. One of the unexpected selections in his book is a vial of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine-which just happens to be on view at NMAJH in their Only In America gallery, on loan from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Eight additional Smithsonian Affiliates have hosted or will host Richard Kurin

  • Polk Museum of Art
  • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
  • South Dakota State Historical Society
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Art
  • Telluride Historical Museum
  • National World War II Museum
  • US Space and Rocket Center
  • The Durham Museum
  • Senator John Heinz History Center

Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.

Interested in stocking your shelves or hosting a booksigning? Contact Smithsonian Affiliations for details.

Photos: Top- Richard Kurin signing copies of his book after a speaking event at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Bottom- The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

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