Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Newseum

So I might have mentioned it a time or two, but last week I was in Washington, D.C.  During the trip I saw many incredible things and visited many wonderful places.  

One place that stood out from the rest for me was the Newseum.  I'm sure it has something to do with my chosen profession.
This fairly new museum has everything to do with our first amendment right to freedom of religion, speech, press and the right of the people to peaceably petition the government.

This interactive museum holds up to five centuries of news history, 15 theaters and 14 major galleries.  The kids in my group had a blast at the Interactive Newsroom where they played correspondents at the White House, as well as weathermen and women.  A definite must see when visiting our nation's capital!  We spent two hours there but could have easily spent another two to three more.


A big standout for me was the 9/11 Gallery. A piece of the metal structure sits in the center of the room where front page headlines of the day cover an entire wall.  It almost stops you in your tracks. Once you enter the area you see a piece of the Pentagon and Jet that crashed in Pennsylvania.
 
Moving around the room you then notice a tribute to a photographer who ran to the towers to catch the unfolding tragedy only to perish. His camera, glasses, film, notepad and credentials are encased in a glass display. Very moving and it brought back all those feelings I felt almost eight years ago.

On a lighter note, being a dog lover, one of my other favorites was the First Dogs exhibit where photos of presidents and the pooches align the wall.  I loved that President Johnson named his dogs Him and Her.  What a dry sense of humor he must of had, at least I hope that's what he was going for. 

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