Important Paper and Pictures (Kevin's Title)
Trip Start Mar 22, 2013
9Trip End Mar 30, 2013
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Once we got in, they did the usual security check...Kevin was clean, while Grandma and I had to be "wanded." You know how dangerous we are!!!
We went the wrong way immediately and ended up in the gift shop
Then we made our way to "the mother lode." One of only four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, and original copy of the US Constitution and an original copy of the Bill of Rights. The one thing you notice is that it's very dark in the "rotunda." That's to prevent the documents from further fading. And they are very faded. I remember seeing them 15 or 20 years ago and they were not nearly as faded as they are today. We told Kevin to remember seeing the originals because it's possible they may fade away totally in his lifetime.
There is more than those documents to the Archives. They have items that document our lives. Copyrights for inventions, copies of Presidential speeches, telegraphs from Presidents, audio and video recordings of important events in American history like FDR's "day of infamy" speech, etc. Exhibits on genealogy, and much, much more. We finally saw the Archives introductory film (alright we didn't do things precise order...so what?)
Then we headed down to have lunch in the cafeteria. Good paninis and one of the least expensive lunches we have had...$14 for the three of us!!!
Finally, we made it back to Kevin's favorite...the gift shop! He bought a harmonica and we bought things for Kevin's friends and relatives. I got to carry them in my backpack!!
The we walked a few blocks to the International Spy Museum, but the line was pretty long. So we headed to Ford's Theater where Lincoln was assassinated. All tickets sold out for the day.
Diversion...Kevin's shoes had been bothering him for quite some time. I found a Payless store about 3 blocks away and 20 minutes later, we walked out with new shoes for Kevin...on sale!!! $20!!!
We headed to the National Portrait Gallery...thinking not too many kids would be at the gallery, and we were right. Got in right away and headed for the Portrait Gallery of America's Presidents. Portraits of all of the Presidents. They had them in chronological order...Washington to Obama. This brought about a teachable moment for Kevin. We not only discussed the Presidents in order, we also discussed unique things about the Presidents. For example, there are currently still four living former Presidents (Carter, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II). One President served two terms, but not consecutively (Cleveland). Some Presidents died in office (William Henry Harrison, Lincoln, Kennedy, etc.). One President resigned (Nixon). One President was in a wheelchair (FD Roosevelt). All in all a good history lesson about the Presidents.
After visiting the gift shop and actually NOT buying anything (ALERT THE MEDIA!!!) We took a quick cab ride back to our hotel.
Grandpa has a CIRA board meeting to call into at 5:30...4:30 Central Time.
Board meeting done...curse sequestration and the FAA!
We walked to a "food court" (unbeknownst to us) for dinner...Mama Ilardo's...not bad, but not Giardiano's either!!!
Home and bed...tomorrow is our last full day in DC. Laura will join us tomorrow. Great fun.
Take care my friends!