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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
Most Intriguing Objects

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First gold found at Sutter's Mill, California, 1848Fragment of Confederate flag cut down by Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, 1861Emergency money, 1933Piece of Plymouth Rock, 1620Button collection, about 1935
Framed display of U.S. presidents' hair, 1850sLifetime pass to Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, presented to General John J. Pershing, about 1920Ed Roberts's wheelchair, about 1978Patent model and application submitted by Abraham Lincoln, Method of Buoying Vessels over Shoals, 1849Rotary lens apparatus for C. Francis Jenkins's motion picture camera, 1896
Acid Test signboard, about 1964Jailed for Freedom pin, 1917Mormon sun stone, 1844Bridal shower doll, 1930sLife preserver worn by Major John Wesley Powell during exploration of the Green and Colorado Rivers, 1869

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