Inspired by the BBC‘s A History of the World in 100 Objects (in partnership with the British Museum) The New York Times asked historians and museum curators to identify 50 objects that could embody the narrative of New York.
Beginning with a Mastodon Tusk (about 11,000 B.C.) and ending with a Meng Political Sign (2012), the list includes the Flushing Remonstrance (1657), a Lake Erie Keg (1825), the Bagel (early 1900s) and ‘FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD’ Headline (1975), just to name a few. To check out all 50 objects, click here.
The history project doesn’t stop there. The New York Times went on to say “…ours “can only be a history” and “not the history.” And because it is a people’s history, we are inviting participation.” They recognize this is not the end all, be all history of New York and who would be better to curate that history than New Yorkers themselves (past & present). So far, the article has generated over 600 comments.
A participation win? I think so.
Given the opportunity to do something similar in Ohio, what object(s) would you curate to tell the story of the Buckeye State?