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              FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to  launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first e

    FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first e

    Posted: 8/14/2012 1:23:23 PM EST
    FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first ever hip-hop initiative at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in New York. Bambaataa has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University. The appointment announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, was made by Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the Ivy League school's music department. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, file)
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              FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to  launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first e

    FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first e

    Posted: 8/14/2012 1:23:23 PM EST
    FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first ever hip-hop initiative at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in New York. Bambaataa has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University. The appointment announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, was made by Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the Ivy League school's music department. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, file)
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              FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks with reporters during the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of Amer

    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks with reporters during the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of Amer

    Posted: 8/3/2012 10:08:24 PM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks with reporters during the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington. Eastwood, the “Dirty Harry” star and Oscar-winning director of “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby”, endorsed the Republican presidential candidate Friday night, Aug. 3, 2012 during a Sun Valley fundraiser. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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    Posted: 6/6/2012 1:05:49 PM EST
    Supporters watch results at the election night rally for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. Walker has survived a recall election, defeating Barrett to keep the state's top political job. Walker becomes the first governor in American history to stay in office after a recall challenge. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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    Posted: 5/29/2012 4:35:48 PM EST
    FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is seen at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor a diverse cross-section of political and cultural icons ? including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, basketball coach Pat Summitt and rock legend Bob Dylan ? with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Tuesday. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. It's presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    Posted: 5/8/2012 3:50:54 PM EST
    This undated handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows John Gray. Gray, the founding president of the Autry National Center of the American West, a group of museums in Los Angeles and Denver, has been named director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, the museum complex announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Strauss, Smithsonian Institution)
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    Posted: 4/28/2012 12:05:45 PM EST
    In this photo taken March 16, 2012, immigrant Martha Johnson from Liberia, right, attends and American history and civic class in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a naturalization test. Hundreds of volunteers are helping qualified immigrants become U.S. citizens in time to register to vote in the November presidential elections. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)
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    Posted: 4/28/2012 12:05:45 PM EST
    In this photo taken March 16, 2012, Martha Estrella and other immigrants attend an American history and civic classes in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a naturalization test. Hundreds of volunteers are helping qualified immigrants become U.S. citizens in time to register to vote in the November presidential elections. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)
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    Posted: 4/11/2012 6:05:46 PM EST
    Marc Pachter, interim director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, speaks during a press preview of the new exhibit, "American Stories," at the museum in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The National Museum of American History will open a new exhibit featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with objects dating back to the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620. "American Stories" will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to the 2008 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    Posted: 4/11/2012 6:05:46 PM EST
    Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, from the "Wizard of Oz" are seen on display as part of a new exhibit, "American Stories," at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The National Museum of American History will open a new exhibit featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with objects dating back to the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620. "American Stories" will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to the 2008 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    Posted: 4/11/2012 6:05:46 PM EST
    Singer Natalia Flores, 20, of Chicago, stands next to her Quinceanera dress from 2006 that is on display as part of the new exhibit, "American Stories," at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The National Museum of American History will open a new exhibit featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with objects dating back to the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620. "American Stories" will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to the 2008 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    Posted: 4/11/2012 6:05:45 PM EST
    A Kermit the Frog puppet is seen on display as part of a new exhibit, "American Stories," at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The National Museum of American History will open a new exhibit featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with objects dating back to the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620. "American Stories" will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to the 2008 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    Posted: 2/23/2012 3:05:47 PM EST
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/23/2012 2:00:51 AM EST
    President Barack Obama listens during remarks at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 10:15:45 PM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture groundbreaking in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:13 PM EST
    Former first lady Laura Bush speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:13 PM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:13 PM EST
    An area near the Washington Monument is secured as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a groundbreaking ceremony nearby at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:12 PM EST
    From left, co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council Richard Parsons, Smithsonian Board of Regents Patty Stonesifer, former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Museum Director Lonnie Bunch, Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Board of Regents Chair France Cordova, and co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council Linda Johnson Rice, lift shovels during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:12 PM EST
    First lady Michelle Obama meets Piper Shillingford, 4, from Stuyvesant Heights Montessori Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., with President Barack Obama, right, during a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)