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Dancing Through History With First Ladies' Gowns07:19

 First lady Michelle Obama's inaugural gown.MoreCloseclosemore
First lady Michelle Obama's inaugural gown.

Every four years in January, Washington, D.C., plays host to the country's biggest "prom." Inaugural balls bring out happy winners, administration bigwigs and a gown — on the first lady — that will become a part of history.

An exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History displays some of those gowns. NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg took her dance card to the show.

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