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Miss America relics on display at the AC Free Public Library

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ATLANTIC CITY - Some of Miss America's oldest relics are on display in Atlantic City.

"Atlantic City is the birthplace of Miss America, and its where Miss America belongs," says archivist Heather Perez.

Thursday the Atlantic City Free Public Library, revealed its tribute to the Miss America pageant.

"We got everything from pins, to tiara's, to magazines, to photographs of each of the contestants from the many different years," says Perez.

Taking a trip down memory lane, organizers of the Miss America memorabilia exhibit say that the pieces displayed date back to the 1930's, 40's, and 50's.

"We have a collection of parade photographs from the 1939 pageant parade, and its really neat to be able to compare those for what we hope to see on Saturday," claims Perez. "Some of the items we have on display are very special, including a robe that's on loan from the Miss America Organization," she continues.

Heather Perez and her colleagues hand picked each item that is displayed, and with over 200 pieces of Miss America nostalgia this exhibit is for all ages to enjoy.

"We also have some children's dolls that bring back that nostalgia, Barbie dolls dressed up as Miss America," she says "I think its great, its great for tourism, its great for the city, its great for history, its great for everyone involved," Perez continues.

The display will remain in its current form until September 30th, as organizers plan to rotate more memorabilia into the exhibit October 1st., showcasing more Miss America history.

"Miss America is really a part of Atlantic cities history, and it's the story of Atlantic City," explains Perez.

A story that will add another chapter this weekend.

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