American History Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 11/27/2011 1:10:53 PM EST
    This 2005 photo provided by the Museum of African American History shows a carpenter's rule from the mid-1800's made of wood with copper alloy hinges. The items were recovered from the lower fill layers of a privy during archaeological excavations at the African Meeting House in Boston. The meeting house, the nation's oldest black church building where prominent abolitionists railed against slavery in the 19th century, is set to reopen to visitors in Boston early next month after a $9 million restoration. (AP Photo/Museum of African American History)
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    Posted: 11/27/2011 1:10:53 PM EST
    This 1937 photo provided by the Museum of African American History shows the African Meeting House when it was being used as a Jewish synagogue. It was purchased by the museum in 1972. The meeting house, the nation's oldest black church building where prominent abolitionists railed against slavery in the 19th century, is set to reopen to visitors in Boston early next month after a $9 million restoration. (AP Photo/Museum of African American History)
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    Posted: 11/18/2011 5:35:47 PM EST
    FILE - This March 9, 2010, file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama standing with the gown that she wore to the 2009 inaugural ball as she donates it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. The one-shouldered, white chiffon gown designed by Jason Wu is becoming part of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection and will be featured at the new first ladies exhibit opening at the museum on Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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    Posted: 11/18/2011 5:35:47 PM EST
    The image released by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History shows first lady Dolley Madison?s evening gown which goes on display at the museum on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, as part of a new exhibition titled "The First Ladies." The embroidered gown is a silk satin open robe hand-embroidered with flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, and phoenixes. It is typical of the style of the late 1810s. (AP Photo/Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
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    Posted: 11/18/2011 5:35:47 PM EST
    The image released by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History shows first lady Caroline Harrison?s evening gown which goes on display at the museum on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, as part of a new exhibition titled "The First Ladies." The dress is a burgundy velvet and gray satin evening gown embroidered in a floral design with gray pearls and steel beads. The dress was later altered by a family member. (AP Photo/Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Hugh Talman)
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    Posted: 11/18/2011 5:35:47 PM EST
    FILE - This Jan. 20, 2009 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance together at the Obama Home States Inaugural Ball in Washington. A new exhibit opens Nov. 19, 2011, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will feature the gown the first lady wore to the inaugural balls. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)