Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 176 pages.

Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History - William L. Bird Jr.

Seriously, this is how I am about the objects in this book!

The pen used to sign the final armistice of WWI, a piece of the bedrock under the Mississippi river from the building of the St. Louis Bridge, a piece of the Bastille, and a piece of the wood from The Charter Oak. And that is only a few. Sometimes I just sit there and stare at the wonderful pictures of these amazing objects. 


The history of souvenirs has long interested me and this book gives a good basic look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the mania for souvenirs that has long gripped us. And before you get all huffy over the people who chiseled parts of Mount Vernon off to take with them, think of that one thing whether book, place, etc. you absolutely have to or had to see, read, own, etc.