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Museum of Artifacts That Made America

From the first video games to the cotton gin; how do the inventions of the past impact the world around us today?

The First American Cookbook

In 1796, Amelia Simmons released ‘American Cookery’, the first cookbook to be published by an American, in the United States.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt

This is the story of a community art project that changed the world’s perception of HIV and AIDs.

The Raised Fist Afro Comb

In 1972, Anthony Romani used the raised fist symbol to create a product that came to symbolise African-American history, culture and pride.

History of the Polygraph Machine

In 1921, John Augustus Larson, a medical student and police officer invented a machine to help determine if someone was lying.

Moscow-Washington Hotline

In 1962, when a quick and accurate means of communication was needed between two of the world’s greatest superpowers, the Moscow-Washington hotline was created.

Spanish Influenza Face Masks

During the Spanish Influenza, the San Francisco Mayor singed The Mask Ordinance – the first order requiring the wearing of face masks in public in the United States.