One goal of our trip was to make it to Washington, DC, where we have been to a lot of museums. Here are some of the things I learned while visiting them:
The first thing I learned was when I was at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. If you ever get the time, I would suggest going there. On the first floor, they have the Pulitzer Prize winning photos since 1940. Some of them give you the brutish, raw feeling of humanity while others inspire you and give you hope for mankind.
[Part of our Spring Break 2009 Trip.]
There was an exhibit in the Newseum on the assassination of Lincoln and the cat and mouse game of finding Booth. Did you know how long it took to find John Wilkes Booth after he killed Lincoln? Twelve days! He had a price on his head of approximately fifty thousand dollars which would be nearly a million today! What did president George W. Bush say about the press? That there should be limitations to its freedom and that it was harmful! The nerve of some people! The only time the press ever hurt me was when a kid tossed a paper airplane made from newspaper airplane and it poked my eye!
Those were the two heart-wrenching/warming exhibits but there were other interesting ones, too. They had a section of the Berlin wall, a checkpoint from along it and more. On the top floor, they had front pages of newspapers all around the world.
The next museum pales in comparison with the Newseum. It was the Natural History museum in D.C and though it was good, it wasn’t incredible. We mainly went to the marine biology wing with our uncle Adam (he studies fish for a living). He told us a lot about the fish, most of which I can’t remember. However, I learned something that might change my life forever. As you all probably know, Climate Change might cause a mass extinction. What you probably don’t know is that when there is a mass extinction, the dominant species dies out. We are the dominant species.
That is just about all I learned on this trip. Tomorrow, we will leave for LA and should be there in three days. Our blog will start again this summer when we do another cross-country flight.