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Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios

Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios

August 9, 2013 – Early 2015 (TBA) (new closing date)

Museum: Smithsonian Castle

Sponsor: American History Museum

Location: Schermer Hall, West Wing

Follow the stories of some of the diminutive and personal objects that Americans have taken, made, and saved as historical mementos from the early Republic to the present. Explore how souvenirs give meaning to the past and learn about the American preservation movement in the 19th century and the origins of the modern museum in which some of these objects now reside.

Related book: $24.95

Note: On Monday, December 8, the Castle is closed to the public from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. It reopens Tuesday, December 9 at 8:30 a.m..

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