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SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT GOING TO L.A. IN '96

Dorothy's ruby slippers, Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and Amelia Earhart's flight suit are going on the road.

They are among the more than 150 treasures that the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will send on tour to Los Angeles and 11 other cities in celebration of its 150th anniversary.First stop for "America's Smithsonian" will be the Los Angeles Convention Center in mid-February 1996. The tour is planned for a two-year period.

Other items announced to be on the touring slate are first ladies' gowns, including Jacqueline Kennedy's inaugural dress; the Apollo 14 command module; dinosaur fossils; the Hooker Starburst Diamonds, a necklace, diamond ring and earrings designed by Cartier; George Washington's sword and scabbard; and the Vin Fiz, a Wright brothers' plane that was the first to make a transcontinental flight.

Also included will be a tomahawk belonging to Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader who sided with the British in the War of 1812 and attempted to unite American Indians; Mathew Brady photographs; an Edison light bulb; an African slit gong, a drumlike instrument shaped like an animal and used for music or to transmit messages; an ancient jade Chinese dragon finial from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368); "Corn, a Miniconjou Warrior," the 1832 painting by George Catlin; and Rodin's "Walking Man" sculpture.

- Lori Moody