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Smithsonian African American Museum

2018-07-14T15:36:48-07:00June 8th, 2018|Washington DC|

Opened in September 2016, this is the newest Smithsonian museum, one of nineteen.  It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture, telling the American story through [...]

Arlington Cemetery

2015-12-16T15:19:06-08:00December 7th, 2015|Virginia, Washington DC|

Arlington House, or the Robert E. Lee Memorial, is situated in Arlington Cemetery.  Originally, it was the Custis-Lee mansion, owned by George Washington's step-grandson, whose daughter married Robert E. Lee.   For 30 years it [...]

Holocaust Museum in DC

2015-12-18T07:45:47-08:00December 7th, 2015|Washington DC|

The Holocaust Museum is intense, horrifying, and imperative to see.  My words can't do it justice. To quote Martin Neimöller, Lutheran Minister and early Nazi supporter who was later imprisoned for opposing Hitler's regime, "First [...]

Mount Vernon, VA

2015-12-16T11:44:23-08:00December 6th, 2015|Virginia, Washington DC|

After the Revolutionary War, General George Washington hoped to live as a wealthy gentleman farmer in Virginia. But his sense of duty to his country was so great that instead he went on to serve his [...]

Ford’s Theater and Lincoln

2015-12-15T19:46:52-08:00December 6th, 2015|Washington DC|

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated five days after the Confederate Army surrendered.  His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, was an actor in the play he was attending.  Lincoln had released his bodyguard until [...]

White House

2015-12-15T17:30:46-08:00December 6th, 2015|Washington DC|

Our tour of the White House was a delight, even if it took 1 1/2 hours to make it through all the security screening.  Throughout the White House, there are 62 trees and over 70,000 [...]

Washington Monument in DC

2015-12-11T22:07:16-08:00December 5th, 2015|Washington DC|

Plans for the Washington Monument began before Washington was even elected president.  Because he was commander-in-chief of the American Army during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress voted in 1783 to erect a statue of [...]

WWII Memorial in DC

2017-09-14T09:49:37-07:00August 6th, 2009|Washington DC|

This newly opened WWII memorial was a sight to behold (pictured here with the Washington Monument in the background). Thanks to all the vets for your service, I know my grandfather would have been impressed [...]

Smithsonian delights in DC

2017-09-14T09:49:37-07:00August 6th, 2009|Washington DC|

Ruby slippers (size 5), Mohammed Ali's boxing gloves, and the 45 carat Hope Diamond (originally 112 carats prior to cut & polish). We also saw Abe Lincoln's hat, the inaugural gowns of the First Ladies, [...]