Richard Kurin presents American History in 101 Objects

Event has passed (Mon Nov 18, 2013 - Mon Nov 18, 2013)
SFJAZZ Center - SF Jazz
7:30 pm-9:00pm
Arts, Museums, History Museum


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.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand

Monday November 18, 02013
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

Advance Tickets Recommended - Tickets are $15

Long Now Members get complimentary tickets

Live Audio Stream of the Seminar for Long Now Members

SFJazz Center, Miner Auditorium
201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

There will be a reception in the Mezzanine following the Seminar


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    201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA