Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Richard Kurin, helped kick-off our 20th anniversary year at the Sullivan Museum and History Center (Vermont) in September and heâ€™s on the road again sharing stories from his recent book, The Smithsonianâ€™s History of America in 101 Objects, with Affiliates across the country.Â Since 2013 heâ€™s visited 11 Smithsonian Affiliates and will travel to two more in January and February 2016.
On January 11, Kurin visits History Colorado in Denver. As an expert storyteller, Kurin tells the story of the nation through some well-known treasures and unexpected objects that inspire learning and curiosity in everyone. Heâ€™s noted, â€œusing objects to tell the story of the nation presents a great opportunity. Rather than learning history by memorizing names and dates, objects have a way of conveying historical times and events in a dramatic but tangible way.â€
On February 16, heâ€™ll visit the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh where heâ€™ll continue to â€œwowâ€ visitors with stories about the Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincolnâ€™s Hat and less-well-known objects like Harriet Tubmanâ€™s hymnal and Jonas Salkâ€™s polio vaccine.
And keep a lookoutâ€¦Dr. Kurin often travels with 3D printed replicas of some of the treasures in the books. If he uses one, snap a photo and tag us at #SIYN20 and share with us! In the meantime, enjoy theseÂ photos of Dr. Kurinâ€™s travels through Affiliateland speaking about his book.