Course Syllabus

What you’ll learn

You will learn why specific objects, from our nation’s distant past to its near present, are essential parts of U.S. History and critical elements of the Smithsonian’s collection
You will discover the unusual and surprising stories behind these objects
You will identify themes in American history that unite these objects across time up to the present day
You will create your own original exhibit that applies the core themes of the course, from Rights and Liberties to the Spirit of Innovation, to the objects of today’s world