Saturday, April 28, 2012
Our final day in DC was by far the most meaningful, as we visited Arlington National Cemetery. Ernie gave us an extensive tour of the grounds, highlighting the requirements for burial, the graves of Medgar Evers and William H. Taft, the Kennedy Gravesite, the Lee house, and the Civil War (including some Confederates) burial area. Our experience at the Tomb of the Unknown and the Memorial Amphitheater was the capstone of the entire trip, as four students presented a wreath at he Tomb and our choir sang in the Amphitheater. A special thanks to Ms. Altman for the practice and performance - it was amazing. After a stop at the Marine Corps Memorial and some lunch, we finished the trip with some time at the American History Museum and Air and Space Museum. A great finale on Friday!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
more pics from Thursday.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The feast at Medieval Times was one to be remembered - the lords and ladies dined with their hands, our section's knight emerged victorious in battle, and one of our own was crowned "Queen of Beauty and Love". How can you beat that? Check out Wednesday's pictures for more visual evidence of the festive event.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
We have some happy and tired DC tourists, as we saw a ton of the city and sights today! We started out with a fun breakfast at the Hard Rock Café, followed by a trip next door to Ford’s Theater. A visit to the museum and presentation by a NPS Ranger told the story of that fateful April 14, 1865. We took a great picture stop at the White House, one of everyone’s highlights today. Kids chose their favorite piece of art at the National Gallery of Art – ask them when they return. After lunch, we hit the Newseum and Holocaust Memorial Musuem, grabbed some dinner, and did a night tour of the major monuments on the Mall. All in all, we had a great opening day in DC. Tomorrow – Mount Vernon, the Capital , and jousting!
Monday, April 23, 2012
We made it safe and sound, arriving at the hotel within ten minutes of each other! The kids are in great spirits, but we will see what happens tomorrow as we hit DC hard. Ford's Theater, the Newseum, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a night tour of the monuments on the Mall ... but we probably don't have to worry about heatstroke!
It's time to go! We are assembling at USM between 1:45 and 2:00 to gather our belongings, sing a dong to the esteemed and mature Mr. Schwieters on his 50th, bid adieu to the Bard for a week, and head to MKE for our flights. We should have a few airport photos posted late this evening, along with some audiocasts!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Welcome parents! Hopefully this evening's overview of the trip will provide a great overview of our historypalooza in April and answer some of your questions. For those who couldn't make it, I hope the video recording worked. The password is "historyrules", of course!