CAPITAL JOURNEY – WASHINGTON DC – VISITING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

Today  you’re  going  to  visit  one  of  your  favorite  museums  in  the  city ,  the  National  Museum  of  American  History .

It’s  part  of  the  Smithsonian  and  it’s  free .

This  museum  always  seems  to  be  crowded ,  no matter  what  time  of  the  year  it is .

As usual ,  you have  to  walk  through  metal  detectors  to get in.

This  museum  is basically  the  good ,  the bad  and the  ugly  of  American  History .

You walk  in  and  not only  do you  see the  Ruby red slippers  that Dorothy  wore  in The  Wizard  of  Oz ,  but you see a ship from  the  Revolutionary  War .

There wasn’t  only a  section  on the  president’s ,  including  street  signs named after  a  particular  president ,  but an entire  section  on the  inaugural  gowns  worn by  the  First  Ladies.

You liked  seeing  some  of  the  more recent  gowns  that  some  of  the  First  Ladies  wore, but your particular  favorites  were the  gowns worn by  Grace Coolidge  and Mary Todd Lincoln .

There is  also  a  section  about all the  wars that have been  fought  by the  country   from Lexington  and Concord  all the  way  to Afghanistan  and  Iraq.

You even  see newspaper  articles  from the  Vietnam  and  Korean  Wars

Since  the  Civil  War  and World  War  I  I  are two  of  the  periods that you  liked  reading  about ,  you seek out any and all  exhibits  about that  period .

You  see a Civil  War  exhibit  that talks  about the  war from both sides ,  something  that  didn’t  happen  in any of  your American  History  classes .

You walk through  the  halls  of  the  museum  and look  at  all the uniforms  worn through  out all the  wars that were fought ,  including  the  ones worn by female  officers .

You get to  the  World  War  I  I  exhibit  and  are surprised  to  learn  about  all the  athletes  and movie stars  that actually  fought  in  World  War  I  I ,  not just entertained the troops .

You  stayed  a long time  in this  museum ,  really  taking  in all the  exhibits ,  just getting  to know  the  history  of  this  country .

You left this  museum  a little  more smarter  about American  History  than you ever imagined .

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