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The Lost World of James Smithson: Science, Revolution, and the Birth of… (2007)
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"In the mid-1830s, an Englishman named James Smithson, who had never set foot in the U.S., had left all his fortune to found in Washington "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men."" "Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into the largest museum and research complex in the world. Known as "the Nation's Attic, " it is the keeper of many of America's most treasured cultural icons - the Star-Spangled Banner, the Spirit of St. Louis, Lincoln's top hat, and Dorothy's ruby slippers. At its heart, however, has always been the mystery of its enigmatic benefactor." "Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries from archives across Europe and the United States - including the entirety of the Smithsonian's archive - Heather Ewing paints the fullest picture to date of James Smithson and his compelling story."--BOOK JACKET.
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