Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Smithsonian American History Museum - Red Slippers and More

Yesterday we walked over to the Smithsonian American History Museum. I always love to visit the First Ladies gallery. There is something about clothes that makes history come alive for me. Next to that exhibit are presidential artifacts including Lincoln's top hat that he wore to Ford's Theatre, Eisenhower's uniform, Alan Shepherd's space suit, Teddy Roosevelt's chaps, Grover Cleveland's Inauguration coat, and Warren Harding's pajamas and slippers. The museum is under renovation, so things are sort of scattered about. In spite of that we found the Judy Garland ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, Archie and Edith Bunker's chairs, Mohammed Ali's boxing gloves, Apolo Onno's speed skates, Bert and Ernie, Joe DiMaggio's baseball, and Julia Child's kitchen. The huge flag that flew over Fort McHenry is the first thing you see after entering in to a very dark space. There is so much to see we quickly ambled about the transportation area that took us from horse and buggy, to ships, to the Ford auto. It was a quiet time at the museum and a great time to visit. We have been there many times over, but some things remind us of the past in a profound and wide ranging way.

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