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Sacred Relics: Pieces of the Past in Nineteenth-Century America

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A piece of Plymouth Rock. A lock of George Washington's hair. Wood from the cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born. Various bits and pieces of the past--often called "association items"--may appear to be eccentric odds and ends, but they are valued because of their connections to prominent people and events in American history. Kept in museum collections large and small ...more
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by University of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sundry
Nov 21, 2014 Sundry rated it it was amazing
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A well written and fascinating exploration of the way museums and individuals use physical items from the past to evoke historic events, people and eras.

It's not pop history (which I also like), it's an academic book. It's been a long time since I read anything like this, and I found it invigorating to explore the changing meaning of words like "relic" and "sacred" as Barnett launched into her discussion of the broader theme.

I found myself compelled to write in the margins of my copy of the boo
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