America's Attic Goes Digital

A person injured in a suicide attack being helped at the site of the explosion, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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The Smithsonian Museum of American History only has room to physically display a fraction of the neat stuff it has.

For example, you can see Dorothy's shoes from the "Wizard of Oz," but not the Scarecrow's costume.

But, as CBS Radio Correspondent Bob Fuss reports, that is about to change.

The museum has put hundreds of items on an easy to navigate Web site that lets you browse through the back rooms of what's often referred to as "America's Attic."

Benny Goodman's clarinet, the original Kermit the Frog, George Washington's sword and an autographed Babe Ruth baseball, all long stored away, can now be viewed online.

The site lets you look for items by year or subject, or you can simply amble about discovering stashed away treasures.

The program, designed by Martin Wattenberg, even lets you vote on your favorite items - making them more prominent for future visitors.

And yes, the Scarecrow's costume is on virtual display.

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