Today you’re going to visit one of your favorite museums in the city , the National Museum of American History .
It’s part of the Smithsonian and it’s free .
This museum always seems to be crowded , no matter what time of the year it is .
As usual , you have to walk through metal detectors to get in.
This museum is basically the good , the bad and the ugly of American History .
You walk in and not only do you see the Ruby red slippers that Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz , but you see a ship from the Revolutionary War .
There wasn’t only a section on the president’s , including street signs named after a particular president , but an entire section on the inaugural gowns worn by the First Ladies.
You liked seeing some of the more recent gowns that some of the First Ladies wore, but your particular favorites were the gowns worn by Grace Coolidge and Mary Todd Lincoln .
There is also a section about all the wars that have been fought by the country from Lexington and Concord all the way to Afghanistan and Iraq.
You even see newspaper articles from the Vietnam and Korean Wars
Since the Civil War and World War I I are two of the periods that you liked reading about , you seek out any and all exhibits about that period .
You see a Civil War exhibit that talks about the war from both sides , something that didn’t happen in any of your American History classes .
You walk through the halls of the museum and look at all the uniforms worn through out all the wars that were fought , including the ones worn by female officers .
You get to the World War I I exhibit and are surprised to learn about all the athletes and movie stars that actually fought in World War I I , not just entertained the troops .
You stayed a long time in this museum , really taking in all the exhibits , just getting to know the history of this country .
You left this museum a little more smarter about American History than you ever imagined .