Things new & strange : a Southerner's journey through the Smithsonian collections / G. Wayne Clough ; foreword by Lester D. Stephens.

Clough, G. Wayne, author.
Other Title:
Things new and strange
Athens : The University of Georgia Press ; [Washington, D.C.] : Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, [2019]
viii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Clough, G. Wayne -- Childhood and youth.
Smithsonian Institution.
Clough, G. Wayne.
Smithsonian Institution.
Georgia -- Civilization.
Georgia -- Social life and customs.
Manners and customs.
"Things new and strange chronicles a research quest undertaken by G. Wayne Clough, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution born in the South. Soon after retiring from the Smithsonian, Clough decided to see what the Smithsonian collections could tell him about South Georgia, where he had spent most of his childhood in the 1940s and 1950s. The investigations that followed, which began as something of a quixotic scavenger hunt, expanded as Clough discovered that the collections had many more objects and documents from South Georgia than he had imagined. These objects illustrate important aspects of southern culture and history and also inspire reflections about how South Georgia has changed over time. Clough's discoveries--animal, plant, fossil, and rock specimens, along with cultural artifacts and works of art--not only serve as a springboard for reflections about the region and its history, they also bring Clough's own memories of his boyhood in Douglas, Georgia, back to life. Clough interweaves memories of his own experiences, such as hair-raising escapes from poisonous snakes and selling boiled peanuts for a nickel a bag at the annual auction of the tobacco crop, with anecdotes from family lore, which launches an exploration of his forebears and their place in South Georgia history. In following his engaging and personal narrative, we learn how nonspecialists can use museum archives and how family, community, and natural history are intertwined"-- Provided by publisher.
Recollections of a South Georgia childhood
The process of discovery
Beginning with fossils: how a fossil mystery leads to a story of two
Lost eras
Book learning
Mammals: how what I saw came to be
Birds and the stories they tell of the people who collect them
Amphibians, reptiles, and a detour into my family history
So many specimens, so little time: insects, trees, plants, fishes, and
Geology: rocks, minerals, meteorites, and the people who love them
Early Native American civilizations: a long story cut short
The end of one era leads to the beginning of another
Gullah Geechee: a Georgia culture unto itself
South Georgia arts and artists
Jimmy Carter
Includes bibliographical references.
Smithsonian Institution, issuing body.
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