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Richard Kurin Seminar Tickets

by Austin Brown on October 22nd, 02013

The Long Now Foundation’s monthly

Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Richard Kurin on American History in 101 Objects

Richard Kurin on “American History in 101 Objects”


Monday November 18, 02013 at 7:30pm SFJAZZ Center

Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! General Tickets $15


About this Seminar:

Relics grip us. They anchor stories that matter by giving a visceral sense that they really happened. Look, here is the actual chain used on an American slave. What ended its use? Abraham Lincoln was tall in so many ways, and he stood even taller in his top hat—this hat right here. He wore it. We wear it. The hat and the chain abide at The Smithsonian Institution to help an important story in American history retain its force. This is what museums do.

Richard Kurin, the author of a new book, The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects, is the Institution’s Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture, responsible for most of the Institution’s many museums and for many of its research and outreach programs.

In his beautifully illustrated talk, Kurin uses treasures of The Smithsonian—some celebrated, some unknown—to tell America’s story so far. It starts long before there was a nation here.

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