Steven and Sean on the Polar Bear Cam
Steven and Sean on the Polar Bear Cam

Saturday, April 30, 2005

D.C. Day 2: Some American History

FDR's cane and leg braces

Saturday April 30 was a gray and rainy day, so we decided to spend the day inside at another Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of American History. There was a new exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the polio vaccine.

There was a great exhibit on our past presidents and the hat that Lincoln was wearing at Ford Theatre on the night he was assassinated was on display.

The Star Spangled Banner is on display, the flag that was flying at Fort McHenry in 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem. There is a big project to preserve and restore the flag.

We decided to walk from the Smithsonian around the Tidal Basin to go see the Jefferson Monument.

Despite his claims that he couldn't walk that far and that his legs were going to fall off, Sean was able to make it all the way to the monument.

We had grand illusions of walking all the way around the Tidal Basin and visiting the Lincoln Monument, but Sean wouldn't let us, so we called it a day.

To be continued...

- Kathleen

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