Archive for June, 2011|Monthly archive page

Bringing down the House (and President)

In Theatres on June 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

Another NPS site in DC, although this one wasn’t a behind-the-scenes. Still pretty amazing though – today we’re talking Fords Theatre.

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The US Holocaust Memorial Museum

In Museums on June 21, 2011 at 4:48 am

Not too many pictures in this one, folks – the United States Holocaust Museum.

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A Crappy Tourguiding Masterclass (in a very un-crappy house)

In Historic Houses on June 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

This was a real surprise, and I’m hoping to go back if I’m honest. The Anderson House (also known as the HQ of the Society of the Cincinnati) is on Massachusetts Avenue, the former millionaire’s row, which is absolutely an apt place for it to be. It is INSANE.

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Woodrow’s Row House

In Historic Houses on June 19, 2011 at 4:59 am

Unbelievably (and as long as you don’t count that house at the end of Pennsylvania that’s, you know, white), the Woodrow Wilson house is actually the ONLY Presidential house museum in DC! Gotta get me some of that.

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The most peaceful hill in DC

In Memorials on June 10, 2011 at 5:18 am

The NPS came up trumps again this week, this time with a trip to General Robert E Lee’s house in Arlington. This is almost a behind-the-scenes, but not quite…

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The subtle science and exact art of potion making…

In Museums on June 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

After a tantalizing wander around Old Town Alexandria, I returned with the troops for a proper look. I really, really have to recommend this town again – it’s on the Metro (King St on the Blue and Orange Lines) and has a free shuttle (a cute trolleybus, no less) to the waterfront and back from the station (although it’s easily walkable) and there are lovely boutiques, gift shops, cafes, and some pretty awesome ice cream vendors, all sat on the picturesque Potomac River with a view over to DC.

I’ve waffled at length about Old Town Alexandria before though – I’m targeting my waffle today, and I’m targeting it at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum:

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The Final Frontier

In Museums on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Time for another Smithsonian! And today we’re talking National Air and Space Musem.


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In Libraries on June 7, 2011 at 4:03 am

After spending many hours pouring over research in its hallowed halls, it’s high time I review the visitor experience at the Library of Congress.

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The other Belmont house…

In Historic Houses on June 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

As you know, I’m workingat the Perry Belmont House in DC at the moment (updates to follow, by the way), but there exists another, not entirely unrelated Belmont House down on Capitol Hill: the Sewall Belmont House.

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