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Useful Objects: Nineteenth-Century Museums and American Culture

Presented by Harvard Museums of Science and Culture and Harvard Museum of Natural History at Online/Virtual Space

Nov 17 2021
Useful Objects: Nineteenth-Century Museums and American Culture

Museums are more than a collection of objects: they reflect the beliefs of those doing the collecting. Join Reed Gochberg in this free virtual talk as she explores the history behind museum practices.

Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies; Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

In conversation with: Brenda Tindal, Executive Director, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

What can the history of museums tell us about their role in American culture today? What kinds of objects were considered worth collecting, and who decided their value? Join Reed Gochberg, author of Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press,

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