Learning the Easy Way at National Archives

Records of Rights at National Archives

No photos are allowed to be taken while visiting to keep the precious documents safe, so all images courtesy of National Archives. When you vacation to Washington DC with your kids, especially the older ones, they know they’ll be getting an American history lesson around every corner. Now, whether they love American history or are learning about it the hard way it at this point (remember how much fun American History class was when you were in school? Yeah, neither do I.), there are easy ways to encourage a love of learning in…

Happy 200th Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!

I love historical anniversaries and celebrations, so it’s no surprise that when The Kid and I visited Washington, DC last month that I was super excited to visit The National Museum of American History and visit the exhibit that so beautifully displays the banner for which our National Anthem was written. From June 14th through July 6th, Francis Scott key’s original manuscript will be together with the banner for the first time compliments of The Maryland Historical Society. We made a bee line for the famous flag that Francis Scott…

A Visit to Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC

Before the kid and I traveled to Washington, DC in early June, I asked her what was on her DC travel bucket list. Her first spot- Ford’s Theater! It’s one thing to read about the assassination of President Lincoln, and quite another to see rich history come to life by visiting the two historical buildings that draw so many visitors each year. The Stage at Lincoln’s Theater After a nice 15 minute walk from The National Mall, we found ourselves on 10th ST and with timed tickets in our hands,…