We got a quick review of a few things that we studied last year.
A look at George Washington's actual uniform. Although only got a picture of these because of the incrediably rude gentleman who stood in front of the uniform for 20 minutes and no one else could see. But I'm not bitter. =o)
There was some hands-on stuff that had to do with life during the American Revolution. Mackenzie got to try out a couple of things.
But the best thing that we saw was The Star Spangled Banner exhibit. We got to see the actual flag, flown over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, that inspired Frances Scott Key to write our national anthem.
It was so moving. No pictures, as photography was forbidden.
But I did get to confront a woman who, aparently didn't see the 100 signs posted everywhere, kept trying to take pictures of it despite everyone in the crowd grumbling at her. I very "sweetly" reminded her of the rule and pointed out that no matter how she adjusted that point and shoot camera she was never going to get a picture of anything more than the reflection of her flash. The room was dark and the flag was behind glass. Duh! She did stop after that. LOL
I did get this picture of a display about the flag in another exhibit hall. Just a little sign and some clippings from the flag. It was okay, I asked. LOL
That was all for the "review portion" of our visit. We spent some time being pushed through the Lincoln exhibit and, what we got to actually see, was interesting. A quick preview for our fourth grade year.
This was Mackenzie's favorite. The towel the Confederates used as a flag of truce when General Lee surrendered at Appomattox.
You have no idea how my happy my tender-hearted daughter was to see this. She was born here in Virginia, so we always tell her that she's a southern belle because she was born in the south. She was horrified last year when she learned that slavery was a huge part of southern life. She felt personally ashamed that they would fight a war so that they could continue on with slavery.
She was the same way learning about the plight of the Native Americans. She felt that, as an American, that she was personally responsible for the horrible things that our country did to them. Such a caring soul she is. We're working on feeling horrified but not responsible. Hopefully before we hit WW2.
At anyrate, she was thrilled that the south had finally given up. Thank goodness General Custer saved that so Mackenzie could get some closure. Shew!
And for fun, we saw the ruby slippers, Kermit, and Carol Burnett's Gone With the Wind dress. LOL
Cousin Ally said, "Oh the White House is only 2 blocks away. Let's walk over." We believed her, so we went. We don't believe her anymore. I think Kevin was having flashbacks of Iraq as we trudged through the sweltering heat. LOL
We finally made it. Thank goodness there's a drink stand every 3.5 feet.
The Washington Monument was on our way to the car so I snapped a picture of that as we crawled by.
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