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Richard Kurin
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 6 years ago
If you have read A history of the world in 100 objects, this is like that, though confined to American history. The book includes maps, as well as a essays about the process and what was left out. Kurin includes items from all the museums of the Smithsonian, including the Zoo and the opening this ye...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 8 years ago
I have been in love with all things Smithsonian since I was an adolescent and visited the museums in D.C. for the first time. My loyalty and love were permanently sealed when one of the curators at the Museum of Natural History, who would often come to Florida to consult with my Dad about orchids, ...
Degrees of Affection
Degrees of Affection rated it 8 years ago
This book was written for me. Seriously, all my life I seemed to be the only person I knew who not only wanted to know the provenance of each object I saw but also the story behind the acquisition and the thoughts of the curators to boot. All this the book has and more. One of my fears going in was...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 11 years ago
Cursed or not cursed, that is the question. On one hand, cursed means more tourists coming to see, which means more money.But cursed doesn't seem likely.The Hope Diamond is one of the draws to Smithison Natural History museum. It forms part of a gem collection and is always surronded by people, mo...
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