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Day trip to D.C.

We went to the Museum of American History today. We did get in to see the 9/11 exhibit, which was both interesting and moving. Looking at the pictures that had been posted of the missing people, and a child's doll left at one of the emergency shelters in NYC...it really hit home. I'd known about it in the abstract when it happened ten years ago (I was working as a substitute teacher, and I can remember the faculty wondering how we were going to tell the kids), but to see actual artifacts from Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Flight 93...it took my breath away.

After that, we took in the rest of the museum. lostsatyr was quite interested in the transportation and ship exhibits; I preferred the pop culture and historical ones. We got to see the original Star Spangled Banner (it's now in a "clean room" setting to prevent deterioration), Jim Henson's original Kermit puppet (and the rest of the cast of Sam and Friends), Julie Newmar's Catwoman outfit, Archie Bunker's chair, and Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

There were a lot of other interesting exhibits, including one that followed the history of a house from Colonial times right up until the 1940s. It was very interesting to see how each of the families who lived in that house added their own touches to it, and how it changed over the years.

We also saw Julia Child's kitchen. It seems she preferred to use KitchenAid appliances; I've got a mixer at home much like the one on display, so that was sort of neat to see. :)

There was an exhibit about science and technology through the ages - one of the parts of that was a reproduction of a model home from the 1950s in California. They had some advertisements for DDT, extolling how good it was for plants. As I was saying to lostsatyr, my, how times have changed since then! :)

After spending the day at the Museum, we rode the Metro into Chinatown for some very good Japanese food, and then returned to the hotel.

Tomorrow, Renn Faire!

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