Ruby slippers (size 5), Mohammed Ali’s boxing gloves, and the 45 carat Hope Diamond (originally 112 carats prior to cut & polish). We also saw Abe Lincoln’s hat, the inaugural gowns of the First Ladies, and other delights too numerous to mention at the American History and Natural History Museums.

The best of all (no photos allowed) was Old Glory (30 feet by 42 feet). It is now on display at a slight angle with dim light after a painstaking 10 year restoration project. It is the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry and was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner. Literally takes your breath away, and makes you very very proud.

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