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@Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Ruby Slippers are back on display! Legal: https://t.co/dJOZaQ7IFu

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Many African American women who enlisted in the Women's Army Corps during World War II had signed up to do skilled jobs. That's often not what they ended up doing. Four went on strike to prove their point. Their story:

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U.S. Army medic Henry T. Chamberlain was stationed in the Philippines at the time. After the surrender, he used a lesson from growing up during the Great Depression to help sick prisoners of war. The key ingredient: dandelions. #VeteransDay 

When the U.S. entered #WWII , women were not allowed to serve in the military. Even when the government's policy changed, women of Japanese ancestry were still barred from enlisting. When the prohibition was lifted in 1943, Kono signed up #BecauseOfHerStory 

Certain her son would die during #WW1 , Hosteen Nez Basa, a Navajo woman, made this blanket for his burial. When her son returned from the front alive, she donated the blanket to a fundraising raffle to benefit the local Red Cross, raising close to $1,500.

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Zitkála-Šá was an accomplished author, musician, and dedicated worker for the reform of United States Indian policies—including fighting Native American’s right to vote. Discover the changes made #BecauseOfHerStory : #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth 

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Today's winter temperatures make us want to cuddle up with the quilts in our collection (don't worry, the curators and collection managers won't let us). These silk quilts from the national collection were meant for display, not use, anyway:

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Today in 1942: FDR signs an order #EO9066 ) allowing incarceration of Japanese Americans. Background:

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Today in 1776: The Declaration of Independence is read aloud to Gen. Washington's troops in New York. Lithograph:

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A child's Superman cape, an award from a fair, a ring intended for a future husband. These objects reflect facets of Matthew Shepard's life. Today, they join our collection, representing the story of a young man who was so much more than his brutal murder in 1998. #LGBTQhistory 

Today in 1948: Pres. Truman signs Executive Order 9981, prohibiting discrimination in armed forces: @TrumanLibrary 

Today in 1960: Four African American college students in Greensboro, NC, sit at this lunch counter, ask for service:

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