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The Mall’s Not All


Exploring Inventors, Historians and Heritage
Our Nation’s Capital is known for its variety of large museums located around the National Mall. However, there are a handful of smaller museums located beyond the Mall that are worth exploring.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame, housed inside of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has a dual mission. The museum inspires future creators through stories of inventors and its “Visionary Veterans” exhibit and shows how technology has evolved through hands-on exhibits, including interactive games. Sit behind the wheel of a special Ford Mustang (one half from 1965 and the other from 2015) to compare their features.
In the 1970s the home of famed historian Carter G. Woodson became a national historic landmark. There, Woodson wrote and edited the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin from the 1920s until his death in 1950. Although much of the three-story building is empty, including Woodson’s office and bedroom, Woodson’s story is brought to life through tales about his prodigious work habits, his relationships with educator Mary McLeod Bethune and poet Langston Hughes and daily life in the house.
Since 1929, the historic Belmont-Paul House on Capitol Hill has been headquarters of the National Woman’s Party. Alice Paul, its leader, helped organize the radical protests that drew public attention to their cause in the early 1900s. The house is a memorial to the NWP, decorated with framed banners that were carried in marches and busts of the party’s founders. Exhibits detail the background of the suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
At the German-American Heritage Foundation‘s museum, visitors learn the story of Germans in this country from the arrival of 13 Mennonite families from North Rhine-Westphalia in Pennsylvania in 1683. Wall texts and videos discuss redemptioners, Germans who endured a system of indentured servitude to pay for their voyage to America, and the German intellectuals who flocked to America after the German Revolution of 1848 and again before and after the World Wars.

Happy May Day!


Happy May Day! 🎉🎊

May Day, celebrated on the 1st day of May usually includes dances, singing and cake.

In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. Although some also refer to International Workers’ Day as “May Day”, it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.

A great way to celebrate May Day is to plan student tours, educational tours, field trips or school trips!

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Math is Fun!


Do you suffer from Arithmophobia? 🤔

Confronting your fear of all things math at the National Museum of Mathematics may help to confront your fear, numbers on. Few equations actually confront visitors at “MoMath” and instead, find themselves having fun with math.

The museum’s physical, tactile and even rambunctious presentation of math is intentional. Since many think math is boring or useless, the museum strives to present a side of math that is exciting. Through the use of dynamic exhibits and programs that stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics, this goal is easily solved. 😉

Follow The Yellow Brick Road


We’re Off To See The Wizard! 🧙‍♂️

The Land of Oz, a theme park dedicated to “The Wizard of Oz,” is opening in June for six days. Although the dates are few, visitors will not need ruby slippers 👠👠 or a hot air balloon 🎈 to get there.

Located on Beech Mountain in North Carolina, visitors can skip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy through the magical Land of Oz to search for the Wonderful Wizard. As guests “Journey with Dorothy,” they may have the opportunity to become part of the fictional world when they are handed a script to act out scenes at selected stops on the Yellow Brick Road.

The park originally opened in 1970 intending to become a reincarnation of the Land of Oz featured in the classic film. The park closed its emerald gates in 1980 but began opening for events such as “Journey with Dorothy” and “Autumn at Oz” in the 1990s.

Tickets are currently on sale for this special June event! 🎟️

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Happy Impossible Astronaut Day!


It’s Impossible Astronaut Day! 👨‍🚀🌚🚀
We are celebrating by eating “Astronaut Ice Cream” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center🍦

This 760,000 square-foot center is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. Thousands of aviation and space artifacts including the Space Shuttle Discovery 🚀 are on display.

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Happy Earth Day!


Happy Earth Day! 🌎
Earth Day is celebrated each year April 22nd. Various events are held throughout the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
In 1970, the first Earth Day celebration was held and today, more than 190 countries participate, on what is its 48th year! 🎉
Since the first celebration, major environmental laws have helped clean up the soil, air and water in the US.
This year’s Earth Day is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to eventually end plastic pollution.
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What’s New in Norfolk?


This Virginia naval city was named the 2018 Favorite American City and it is no wonder why. Norfolk is home to intriguing historical attractions, world class museums and the world’s largest naval base. 

Naval Station Norfolk is home to the largest concentration of US Navy forces: 75 ships, 134 aircraft and 11 aircraft hangars. Led by naval personnel, visitors see aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships and learn about the history of Naval Station Norfolk. It is likely that visitors will be looking up often – Air Operations conducts an average of 275 flights per day or one flight every six minutes. ✈️

Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront. This interactive center explores the naval, economic and nautical power of the sea. Moored alongside the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship-related and hands-on exhibits, films, sharks and more. The World War II warship offers tours through the center.

The Armed Forces Memorial is a 160-foot monument with 20 bronze cast letters scattered across the base of a flagpole. The bronze pieces are actual letters written to loved ones by members of the Armed Forces who never returned from war. The memorial was erected in 1998 and is dedicated to veterans of American conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War.

The MacArthur Memorial consists of three buildings on MacArthur Square: a Memorial, a Museum and a Research Center about the life of General Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial, located in the former Norfolk City Hall building, houses the tomb of the General and his wife. It also pays tribute to those who served with General MacArthur in World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. The Museum dedicates several galleries about MacArthur’s life and career, showcasing photos, uniforms, weapons, personal artifacts, paintings and sculpture. The Research Center house the General’s personal archives, memorabilia and collections, including his medals, uniforms, flags, battle souvenirs and other documents.

The Chrysler Museum of Art displays a vast collection of glass art, plus European and American paintings and sculpture. Along with its world-famous collection of glass, the museum also houses notable art by Cézanne, Pollock and Warhol. 🎨

The Norfolk Botanical Garden is nationally recognized for its deep-rooted history and celebrated seasonal blooms. The 175 acre garden is home to 52 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 30 varieties of butterflies. A new addition is World of Wonders, a garden for children to explore the connections between plants, international culture and the environment. 🌻🌷🌹

Open year-round, the Virginia Zoo is home to bears, lions, kangaroos, red pandas and more. The Zoo is a world of discovery, offering visitors with the opportunity to stand nose-to-nose with prairie dogs, explore its magnificent gardens or take a ride on the Zoo train. 🚂

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