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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Weather vane, about 1865Weather vane, about 1865

From the Eleanor and Mabel Van Alstyne Collection of American Folk Art, donated in 1964, this weather vane depicts the Goddess of Liberty, a popular nineteenth-century symbol of America. As touchstones of history and identity, artifacts in the National Museum of American History reflect not just the lives of the people who made and used them but also the values of the people who chose to preserve them.

See also: Flags, Folk Art

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