National Museum of African American History

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I know that I said I wouldn’t be posting again until I moved to Tucson, and I’m still in DC but….  The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens today and I had to opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Final Fourth

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Happy Independence Day! It commemorates (for my non-US readers) the day — July 4, 1776 — that the American colonies claimed their independence from England. Each year, the US National Archives — which is the keeper of the original Declaration … Continue reading

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National D-Day Memorial

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The recent commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of D-Day made me realize that I hadn’t done a post on the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford is in the southwest part of the state and we visited the memorial … Continue reading

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On the Virginia Side

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At the Virginia end of the Wilson Bridge, on the southern edge of Old Town Alexandria, is the Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. Alexandria was occupied by the Union during the Civil War and many slaves ran away to Alexandria. … Continue reading

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Walking the Wilson Bridge

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I admit that I rolled my eyes when Mr. History Tourist said, “There’s a PBS documentary on, about the Wilson Bridge.  Let’s watch it.” Watch a documentary about a bridge? Are you kidding me?! What I knew about the Wilson … Continue reading

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Seeing Me Timbers

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History-obsessed Alexandria, Virginia (“George Washington’s Home Town!”) has loads of architectural regulations in place to protect its historical heritage. So last December, when local real estate company, Carr Hospitality, started digging in a sliver of land in downtown Alexandria (over … Continue reading

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Run the DoG

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Colonial Williamsburg is a town-turned-museum that recreates Williamsburg, Virginia, as it was in the 18th century when it was the colony’s capital. Founded by billionaire industrialist and ardent colonial revivalist John D. Rockefeller, it opened in 1934.  It’s now the … Continue reading

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