Post-holiday winter doldrums? Us too. Sheila and I needed an excellent adventure. Luckily, January is a great time to take in a museum, especially in Washington, DC. Yes, it's cold, cold, cold! But it beats melting in the heat of the National Mall during the summer and you can't beat the crowds, because there aren't any. So the road trip was on. This weekend we drove down and took in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
America on the Move" and "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War." There are some really interesting artifacts there (understatement, duh). For some reason I found General Phillip Sheridan's stuffed horse "Winchester" to be fascinating. I guess it's one of those situations where you feel a direct link to the past. I'm looking at a horse, albeit a stuffed one, that was ridden during the Civil War. Don't ask why I didn't get excited over George Custer's buckskin jacket or George Washington's saber. We each find our own connection to history, right? Turns out, the Smithsonian is a good place to go look for it.
|Photography is not allowed in this exhibit. Photos of the Star Spangled Banner|
are provided courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.