Ruby slippers land at space museum

Dorothy's ruby red slippers are now temporarily nestled near NASA's rockets and Charles Lindbergh's plane in a new Smithsonian exhibit that has the blessing of two original munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz."

More than 150 well-known objects from the National Museum of American History collection are on public display in the "Treasures of American History" exhibit across the National Mall at the National Air and Space Museum.

Leaders of the popular history museum, which closed in September for a major renovation and will reopen in summer 2008, wanted to keep at least part of the massive 3 million piece collection on view.

Ruth Duccini and Jerry Maren, two of the munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz," helped open the new exhibit last week.

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