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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the SmithsonianLegacies: Collecting America's History
at the Smithsonian

by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
What is worth saving?
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has over 3.2 million objects in its collections. These objects reflect not just the lives of the people who made and used them but also the values of the people who chose to preserve them. They represent different answers to the question: What is worth saving?

Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, a new book from Smithsonian Institution Press, features over 250 objects from the National Museum of American History's collections, revealing the stories of how and why they were collected. In this virtual exhibit, a companion to the book, you can explore these objects, learn their stories, and discover changing ideas about American history and identity.

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