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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Marc Pachter
Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American history that includes a piece of Plymouth Rock, a slave ship manifest, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Kermit the Frog at the Smithsonian Institution.
Pachter said an iPod from 2004 already is considered "ancient technology" and will have a place at the Smithsonian.
Curators combed through the museum's vast collection and acquired objects that help show how the peopling of America through immigration and the convergence of cultural traditions created a distinctive place, Pachter said.