Whither the Ruby Slippers?

Michael Grass’ Express post about DC tourists not thinking much of our Chinatown starts off with a little link to Livejournaler matheatre’s disappointment at her DC visit last November, owing to the National Museum of American History being closed for renovations till 2008, thus denying her a look at Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

Sadly, she didn’t know about Treasures of American History at the National Air and Space Museum, the backup exhibit filling a spare gallery at NASM. Treasures includes the more popular artifacts from the NMAH collection not currently in storage or out traveling, including, yes, the ruby slippers.

I haven’t been to the exhibit myself, despite my home’s proximity to it, but I really should head down to Air and Space at some point, just to refill my space geek vibe tank.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Roving Asian mendicant, can occasionally be seen wandering the streets of downtown Washington, muttering unintelligible gibberish to passers-by while pushing a “bag lady” shopping cart full of old blankets, American flags, soda cans, and healthy secondhand snacks from organic food shop dumpsters. Used to live in a cardboard box at 16th and K but the rent was too expensive.

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