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April 8, 1988 – December 1, 2002
American History Museum
12th and Constitution Ave., NW
Location: 1st Floor, near Constitution Avenue entrance
Through artifacts dating from the 1700s to the 1980s, this exhibition traces the changes in the material composition of objects of everyday life. The use of various materials changed as the result of a complex set of factors: industrialization, the depletion of some natural resources, new methods for processing materials, and changes in taste and fashion. The exhibition asks two simple questions: "What is the object made of, and why?"
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