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FILE -  In this Oct. 13, 2012 file photo, the wing of a U.S. Air Force plane, sits on exhibit along with the old, empty outer casings of Soviet missiles, top, at the military complex Morro Cabana, which is open to tourists in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government says the wing belonged to the plane of U.S. pilot Rudolf Anderson who was killed on Oct. 27, 1962, when his reconnaissance aircraft was shot down while over flying Cuban air space during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate, File)

But any visitor to the Cuban capital can see that connections between the two nations run long and deep just by taking stock of all the attractions showcasing American culture and history. Despite decades of hostility, some of these sites even seem to celebrate Americans, while others reflect an anti-U.S. point of view.


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FILE - This July 26, 2004, file photo shows the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif. The galleries at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum are getting a $25 million upgrade to add more audio and video features and include interactive touchscreens common to most modern museum exhibits, officials said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

“It’s all panels and photos and content. It’s good stuff, but it is just not up to par with what museums are like nowadays,” said Joe Lopez, a spokesman for the Richard Nixon Foundation, a private organization that supports the library. More than half of the country’s current population didn’t live through Nixon’s presidency, Lopez noted.


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FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, left, Walt Disney, right, and Virginia Knight, wife of the governor, back seat, take a ride in an antique-styled automobile at Disneyland near Anaheim, Calif., at the premiere opening. Twenty-two thousand guests, including many notables, were invited. (AP Photo)

Then came the Three Little Pigs, Donald Duck, Pluto, Snow White, The Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, Pinocchio and a host of other characters who became famous around the world. Somewhere along the line the cartoon wizard got the notion for an amusement park. Not the usual Coney Island affair, but an imaginative playground that would delight young and old.


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The peak of the Matterhorn moutain is pictured during sunrise, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Authorities in Switzerland have declared the iconic Matterhorn mountain off-limits for a day on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent. The so-called “Matterhorn silence” is intended to honor more than 500 climbers who have died trying to reach the top. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)

The solemn silence on the Matterhorn — underlined with the threat of a 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,290) fine — was part of a series of events marking the anniversary, which also included a light display along the route of the original ascent.


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In this July 8, 2015, photo, Spencer Madrie poses outside his store, Ol' Curiosities & Book Shoppe, in Monroeville, Ala. Located in the hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, the store has sold more than 7,000 copies of her new book "Go Set a Watchman," which is being released July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

“We’ve sold to a bunch of different countries around the world and, of course, a ton of them in the United States,” said Madrie. “That’s exciting when you think that so many people care so much about a book release.”


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