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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in New York City

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).  A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.  New York City provides the right amount of spice for your New York City student tour to celebrate Mexican heritage, abundant with food, culture, and fun.
In The Big Apple your New York City school trip will enjoy diverse cultural traditions, music, dances, and colorful attires from Mexico.  Street fairs, including the
Cinco de Mayo Street Fair outside of Grand Central Terminal provides food and crafts with seasonal, Mexican flavor that your New York City educational tour group can enjoy. Restaurants throughout the city offer delicious meals tailored to the holiday.
Your New York City field trip will enjoy mariachi madness in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park with  Sunset Park Community’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration filled with Mexican music, dance and crafts.  The annual Cinco de Mayo Parade is held two days later.
No matter how your New York City student tour chooses to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, New York City is one of the most caliente palces to spend it in!

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Grand Opening in Philadelphia

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On the 242nd anniversary of the opening battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord, the Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors in Philadelphia.
The Museum of the American Revolution is the first museum devoted to the United States’ early years.  The Museum is located in the historic district of Philadelphia where your educational tour can also visit where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States Constitution was ratified.
The 118,000 square foot museum displays approximately 500 objects – from muskets and military uniforms to a pair of baby shoes made from a British redcoat.  Galleries recreate notable scenes in history complete with life-cast figures as well as a huge and a full re-creation of an American privateer ship that your Philadelphia field trip can board!  A highlight of the collection is George Washington’s carefully restored field tent.
The final display features a wall of photographs of people who were alive during the Revolutionary War entitled, “Meet the Future of the American Revolution.”  The hope is that visitors, like your Philadelphia student tour group will feel a part of the American Revolution today, and have a responsibility to continue the story into the future.

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Your Mummy Called

New Mummy Exhibit Unraveled in New York City

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is hosting a special exhibit that your student tour group does not want to miss!

For thousands of years, mummification was practiced as a way of preserving and honoring the dead.  “Mummies” brings your educational tour group face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to discover stunning details about them and their cultures.

The museum’s exhibit includes never seen before artifacts from Egypt and South America as well as 18 different mummies and ancient remains.  Interactive tablets allow visitors to virtually unwrap the mummies.

Your school trip group will discover when, how, and why ancient Egyptians and Peruvians were mummified and find out who they were in life on your next field trip to New York City.

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Celebrating Easter in Washington D.C.

President And Mrs. Obama Host Annual Easter Egg Roll At White House

On April 17th, the Easter Egg Roll, one of the most popular events hosted by the White House, will take place.  Join the First Family on the South Lawn for a full day of exciting activities including a visit with the Easter Bunny, story time, sports and games, live entertainment, and the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll.

In the 1870s, Capitol Hill had become a popular spot for children to roll eggs down the hill on Easter Monday.  As the event became more popular, the grounds became more damaged. In 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children’s playground. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes issued an order that if any children should come to the White House to roll their Easter eggs, they would be allowed to do so. The tradition has been carried on since, and has grown into a major event.

With the cherry blossoms in bloom and the spring finally here, it is a great time of year to enjoy some of the many activities Washington D.C. with your educational group.

(1)  Your student tour group will enjoy seeing the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912.

(2)  On April 13, your school group may visit the Jefferson Memorial and attend the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the birthday of our third president. The event will feature a military color guard, patriotic wreath tributes and the sounding of “Taps”.

(3)  The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world. Visit with your group tour to learn about the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.

(4)  At the National Zoo, your student group can view and learn about animals indigenous to African such as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper. On April 17th, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, and live entertainment.

(5)  Your educational group may choose to take in a Washington Nationals Baseball game at Nationals Park or a Washington Capitals game.  The NHL Hockey team plays at the Verizon Center through the end of April.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month in New York City

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New York City offers your educational group a variety of ways to honor notable women.  Highlights are listed below for your school group to enjoy!

(1) Visit the most famous woman of them all, the Statue of Liberty.  A gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States, Lady Liberty is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

(2) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, has lots to see. Enjoy touring with a docent and your student tour group will view art by women, learn fun facts and often unnoticed details, while gaining a better understanding of art.

(3) Artist, Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Girl statue in Bowling Green Park was commissioned to symbolize the lack of women on Wall Street Boards.  The 50-inch tall, 250 pound bronze statue is set in front of the eleven-foot tall, 7,000 pound iconic Charging-Bull sculpture.

(4) At the Brooklyn Museum, your educational tour group has a full list of events to choose from.  Notably, a special exhibit of works by Georgia O’Keeffe which focuses on her paintings and photographs, as well as her wardrobe and its artistic value.

(5) “Her Story” at the Museum of the City of New York celebrates the history of female artistry and craftsmanship.  Student tours experience hands-on  events, diving into crafts such as quilting, screen printing and storytelling.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love will help your student tour group celebrate Women’s History Month.
(1) At The National Constitution Center, your school group can participate in a variety of events.  Highlights include a workshop which tells the story of women’s suffrage through a modern pop hit; a women’s-history-centric self-guided museum tour; and women’s history trivia at the Giant Game Board.
(2) The African American Museum teams up with Independence National Historical Park and the Smithsonian Institute for a special symposium that honors the work of African-American women.
(3) The Betsy Ross House offers Once Upon a Nation, storytelling featuring inspiring stories about important women that helped shape our nation.  The exhibit highlights household tasks performed by 18th century women, such as food shopping and laundry, as well as notable women.

(4) Your educational group can participate in a range of programs and presentations at Independence National Historical Park featuring the women who helped found our nation and forge our path.
(5) The sites of Historic Germantown celebrate Women’s History Month with events including a show about a Civil War nurse, and a discussion about the life of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month in Boston

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Perhaps no other city in America holds as much history as Boston.  It’s not surprising then that its main sites have become a pilgrimage trail for Americans and for others who hope to get a sense of the role of women in our nation’s history.  Your educational tour may include some of these sites, noted for their women’s history:

(1) The Boston Women’s Memorial is a trio of sculptures commemorating famous women’s rights advocates, Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, and Lucy Stone.  Each was committed to social change and memorialized their ideas which impacted significantly on women’s history.
(2) The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail tells diverse and remarkable stories, and forever weaves Boston women back into the fabric of the “city upon a hill.” A series of walking tours through several neighborhoods leads past sites important to Boston women’s history.
(3) Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum tells the story of the Boston Tea Party in 1773.  Visitors are greeted by a high tech image of two women on the wharf talking about the Tea Party from a women’s perspective.
(4) Enjoy a visit to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, one of the world’s most visited museums.  Women artists abound in the collection of over 450,000 artifacts and paintings housed in the museum.
(5) Boston’s Sports Museum, showcases The Evolution of Women’s Basketball.  See how women’s basketball uniforms have evolved from bloomers of the 1890s to the high tech materials of today.

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