The Associated Press reports that a new exhibit opening on Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. will chronicle U.S. history from American Indians first encounters with Europeans right up to the 2008 presidential election.
The exhibit, entitled “American Stories” will feature items such as a fragment of Plymouth Rock, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” Ben Franklin’s walking stick and Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. The entire exhibit will span 5,300 square feet.
It’s the museum’s first major exhibit with a Spanish translation.
“American Stories highlights the ways in which objects and stories can reinforce and challenge our understanding of history and help define our personal and national identities,” the Smithsonian’s website states.
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