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Useful Objects: Museums, Science, And Literature In Nineteenth Century America

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Online/Virtual Space

Jan 12 2022
Useful Objects: Museums, Science, And Literature In Nineteenth Century America

Useful Objects examines the history of American museums during the nineteenth century through the eyes of visitors, writers, and collectors. Museums of this period included a wide range of objects, from botanical and zoological specimens to antiquarian artifacts and technological models. Intended to promote “useful knowledge,” these collections generated broader discussions about how objects were selected, preserved, and classified-- and who gets to decide their value. Their reflections

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