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Gowns worn by American first ladies, long a popular feature at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, is part of the new "First Ladies" galleries there. The exhibit also focuses on how the presidents' wives have defined and changed that role. (Photo provided by Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Gowns worn by American first ladies, long a popular feature at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, is part of the new "First Ladies" galleries there. The exhibit also focuses on how the presidents' wives have defined and changed that role. (Photo provided by Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

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