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'Smithsonian's History' to be reviewed Thursday

"The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects" by Richard Kurin will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Lawton Book and Play Review Club at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the McMahon Foundation Building, 716 SW C.

According to the Smithsonian, "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.

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