At first we went to the GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK Museum & Visitor Center. We saw a thirty five minute movie about the Civil War, and then we saw the work of art of war. The work of art is a circle around us, and it is 43 feet high. It was made by paint; it was painted a long time ago. Then we walked around in the museum. We saw many artifacts from soldiers like the clothes, uniforms, and different guns. After we left the guest center, we met a tour guide for the battle field. We took a bus tour of the Gettysburg battlefield. The tour guide showed us where the Union and Confederate armies stood and fought. The monuments on the battlefield were placed by the veterans of the Civil War. The tour guide taught us knowledge of Gettysburg. Pictures and Text by Martin Wang
3/10 Day 5 Kevin Jim
Today morning , we went to SPY Museum. We saw many interesting and different SPY tool. There are many strange monitor and weapon. For example, there is a mini handgun hidden in a cigarette case. It is an amazing place. And then, we went to a museum where Lincoln was killed. This place told us how Lincoln was killed. We ate lunch at USA History Museum. Then we visited this Museum. There are many beautiful pictures and statues. Also we saw 3D movie in this museum. After that we went to an Animal Museum (Natural History Museum). We saw many amazing things in this museum, like some strange ocean animals , many beautiful diamonds and some sample of ground animals. Then we rode in bus about 2 hours so we watched a movie to pass time. We learn many useful things today. We learn a lot American history today. What an interesting day!
Today we had breakfast at 6:30 am (an early start for us), and left at around 7. Our first stop was the Capitol, the abode of the Senate and House of Representatives.
After we went through security, we were astonished by all of the beautiful sculptures in the lobby. After a short introductory film, we went on an audio tour through the old Senate rooms. We came into a room full of sculptures, frescos and beautiful murals on the walls and ceilings. Our guide told us about how each state sends only one statue at a time, and if they want to put a new statue to the room they have to take out the previous statue (much like the real senate). Our next stop was at the Library of Congress, where Thomas Jefferson’s 6,000+ books were. The reason that they are there is because the British burned down the Library of Congress so Thomas Jefferson sold his collection to them. The frescos and paintings were majestic.
We passed by the Supreme Court building. After that we went to the National Air and Space museum, which had exhibits on space history and aviation.
Next we visited the National Archives. They had the original Magna Carta,
Declaration of Independence, Constitution and other interesting documents.
We walked around the White House and The Mall. Then we visited the MLK memorial, it is the only memorial of an African American and non-president.
After seeing the MLK memorial we went across the tidal basin to see the FDR memorial. He was the only president ever to be in a wheelchair, he was also the only president to ever serve four terms as president of the United States of America. Before going to dinner, we saw one more memorial: the Thomas Jefferson memorial. Then we went to dinner at an Italian restaurant called Bertucci’s. After an hour in the restaurant we went to see the Vietnam memorial, the Lincoln memorial, and the Korean war memorial. They were all very sacred and touching places. We all hope to come here again in the future.
Until next time Orly,Quentin, Tycho and Diego
Today, we ate breakfast at 7:30 a.m and started to head out at about 8 o’clock. Our first stop was the Arlington Cemetery, which had amazing views and it is one of the largest military cemeteries. More than 400,000 bodies were buried here. Our second stop was Iwo Jima, which is a monument dedicated to the Marine Corps. Then, we went to have lunch at the Pentagon mall. Our third stop was George Washington’s house “Mount Vernon” which had amazing scenery and was quite large. This was a mansion, and he was buried here on his own home grounds as well. Our fourth stop was the Alexandria ghost tour which was really fun because the stories were based on real facts, and our tour guide brought a lot of life to his stories. When we were waiting to have dinner, we noticed that one of the street names was called “Ross Alley,” which was quite a coincidence. In conclusion, Day 3 was very exciting, and it intertwined with our American History unit. It was really interesting to be able to visualize what we learned in the previous week of our Field Academy classes.
We had breakfast at the hotel in King of Prussia and at 8:45, we left the hotel and headed to Valley Forge in Philadelphia. Around 9:30, we began touring Valley Forge. This is where General Washington and his troops stayed for their third winter during the American War for Independence. We learned about how hard it was to survive during this time. Between the shortage of supplies and the harsh winter, there was only one battle fought at Valley Forge and it was nothing more than a small skirmish with only one casualty and a few other injuries. The army only stayed at Valley Forge for six months and in June 1778 they departed for Philadelphia.
From Valley Forge, we continued on to Philadelphia where we ate lunch. After lunch we headed to Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin’s house and grave, Betsy Ross’ house and the Bill of Rights Museum. We also saw the Rocky statue! Finally, we ate dinner and drove to Washington D.C.
Today, we learned about the government during the 1700’s. It was fascinating to see the historical buildings, most of them preserved the way they were when the likes of Ben Franklin and George Washington walked among them. Our noble companion and mascot, Carleton the Dragon, accompanied us on our colonial adventures. Until next time!
– Chandler, Laina, and Ollie
We gathered at the CWB at ten o clock and got ready to leave. We met our bus driver, Julio, our tour leader, Jack, and all got on the bus. We drove into New York City, all very excited. We were dropped off by the 9/11 museum. We walked through the intense security and through the building. Most of us on the trip were very young or not alive when 9/11 happened, so it was moving to see all of the artifacts, and hear peoples’ voices. Projected words of people in every language explained how people felt during 9/11. There were large chunks of the building on display, and personal items belonging to people who died. We learned about the firefighters and EMS responders, and how amazing and brave they were. Around the square fountain were the names of the people who died. Also, there were oak trees, like the one people found at Ground Zero that was nursed back to health.
We got back on the bus, and headed to the Tenement Museum. It was so cold outside! We met our very nice tour guide, and she talked to us about Ellis Island, and we became immigrants in 1916. We then met a girl named Victoria, who was from Greece, and told us about life in America. She was outgoing and welcoming. After that we talked about America, and what that means. We found it hard to describe America in a way that wasn’t stereotypical. Then, we looked around the gift store, which is always fun. We got back on the bus and drove to Schnippers Kitchen for dinner. We had hamburgers, sloppy joes, mac and cheese, and very good milkshakes. Fed, we got on the bus and drove to Philadelphia, where we stayed the night.
What we took away from the day was the effects and fear around 9/11, and that America is a hard thing do define. One of the themes of this Field Academy is ‘how is memory sustained’. At the 9/11 museum, it’s sustained by showing new generations the tragedy, and personal artifacts from the twin towers that give a personal feeling. At the tenement museum, it’s sustained by living it. Our faithful mascot and companion Carl the Dragonite followed us everywhere.
-Milly, Sophie, and Diana