When Richard Kurin’s hefty book “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 objects” landed on my desk this year, it made me wonder: What artifacts from 2013 would we want to keep as tangible fragments of history? My first thought was that this year may have less important — for lack of a better word — “stuff” than in the past. Hadn’t we moved our culture to a place where our apps and tweets were more important than items people made by hand? Not so says Kurin, an undersecretary at the Smithsonian Institute. And so he used his knowledge from overseeing history and art collections at the museum to prove me wrong and to come up with this list of items he would collect from 2013.
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