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The ice bucket that sparked a viral online campaign is on display at the Smithsonian

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The ice bucket that sparked a viral social media campaign, known as the "Ice Bucket Challenge," is now on display at the Smithsonian. 

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" of 2014 was essentially a social media campaign where people challenged one another to dump a bucket filled with ice and cold water on themselves. Once the challenge was complete, participants challenged others to do so as well in order to raise awareness about ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" was already making its rounds on social media, but Jeanette Senerchia is credited with tying it to ALS. Jeanette's husband, Anthony Senerchia, has the degenerative disease. 

The challenge ended up raising more than $50 million for ALS research. 


Because of it wide-reaching impact, the bucket that was used to pour ice water onto Senerchia went on display at the National Museum of American History Tuesday. 

According to the museum's website, the new permanent exhibit "looks at the history of philanthropy's role in shaping the United States."

The exhibit will showcase four major themes of American philanthropy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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