Cultures & Communities
Furniture, cooking wares, clothing, works of art, and many other kinds of artifacts are part of what knit people into communities and cultures. The Museum’s collections feature artifacts from European Americans, Latinos, Arab Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, African Americans, Gypsies, Jews, and Christians, both Catholics and Protestants. The objects range from ceramic face jugs made by enslaved African Americans in South Carolina to graduation robes and wedding gowns. The holdings also include artifacts associated with education, such as teaching equipment, textbooks, and two complete schoolrooms. Uniforms, insignia, and other objects represent a wide variety of civic and voluntary organizations, including youth and fraternal groups, scouting, police forces, and firefighters.
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- Metal containers such as these were commonly used in the late 19th and early 20th by Chinese immigrants in the laundry business. A water and starch mix were sprinkled onto clothes for ironing.
- Chinese immigration to the United States was driven by the need for cheap labor during the mining and railroad boom of the 1850s. Chinese soon moved into other industries such as agriculture and laundry services.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- ca 1900
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center