What is Americana?

‘Americana is a collective term for artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States of America. It is generally defined as any collection of materials and things concerning or characteristic of the United States or of the American people; in its broadest sense, Americana is representative or even stereotypical of American culture as a whole’  – Wikipedia

‘Slang for the comforting, middle-class ephemera at your average antique store—things like needle-pointed pillows, and engraved silverware sets’ – The Atlantic

‘Americana is everything good America stands for’ – Tim Race

‘What is and is not considered Americana is heavily influenced by national identity, historical context, patriotism and nostalgia. The ethos or guiding beliefs or ideals which have come to characterize America, such as The American Dream, are central to the idea’ – Hampton Sides

‘Many kinds of cultural artifacts fall within the definition of Americana: the things involved need not be old, but are usually associated with some quintessential element of the American experience. Each period of United States history is reflected by the advertising and marketing of the time, and the various types of antiques, collectibles, memorabilia and vintage items from these time periods are typical of what is popularly considered Americana. Americana encompasses not only material objects but also people, places, concepts and historical eras which are popularly identified with American culture’– Wikipedia