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Caroline Alexander's D.C. Project

This is about my experience and what I learned on the trip to Washington D.C. with the Webcrawlers.

Caroline Alexander

on 12 May 2010

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Transcript of Caroline Alexander's D.C. Project

Arlington Cemetary American History Museum The Capitol Building The Newseum The Lincoln Memorial The WWII Memorial The White House The Jefferson Memorial The Holocaust Museum Pamplin Park The Holocaust Museum was very sad. It was extremely powerful and moving. This museum was definitely the most memorable out of all the museums we went to. There were lots of pictures and artifacts. We got to walk through an actual box car (from a train) that the people were put in to be taken to the camps and ghettos. There was a room of just pictures of people and how happy they were before the Holocaust happened. There was also a room filled with shoes; shoes that belonged to people of the Holocaust. There were lots of pictures and artifacts in the museum. I remember seeing hair brushes, silver ware, drawings, clothes and more artifacts. Arlington Cemetary was really interesting. We saw gravestones, the changing of the guards, the Tomb of the Unkown Soldiers, Robert E. Lee's house, the Eternal Flame and where JFK and his family is buried. Arlington is about 200 acres. Approximately 300,000 people are buried there. In order to be buried in Arlington you have to have served in the military. The American History Museum was one of my favorites that we visited. We saw so many things. There was Abraham Lincoln's top hat and pocket watch, George Washington's outfit, Jacqueline Kennedy's evening gown, transportation throughout the years, the original flag of the United States, and a lot more. It was really neat to "step back and time" and see everything that I have seen and heard about for years. The Newseum was about broadcasting and journalism. There was a 4-D movie that we watched. It talked about important events and people in our nation's history. In my opinion I thought the effects were really scary! In the museum there were documents, such as the original copy of "Common Sense" written by Thomas Paine. There were also artifacts that helped journalism progress. One exhibit had the Pulitzer Prize Photographs. I loved it and really enjoyed the Newseum. The World War Two Memorial was beautiful. The purpose of this memorial is to honor those who faught in WWII. There was a fountain in the middle and also an arch on both sides. One said "Atlantic" and the other said "Pacific." There were columns all around the fountain. The columns had the name of each state in America. There was a wall with stars on it. There were 4,048 stars. One star represented 100 Americans that died in the war. The


Memorial The Lincoln memorial is honoring Abraham Lincoln. Inside the memorial there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln. It also has his two most famous speeches. On one side the "Gettysburg Address" is engraved on the wall. On the other side it has his 2nd Inaugural Speech. The monument has a great view of the reflection pool and the Washington Monument. This memorial is dedicated to one
of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson. The inside walls are engraved with passages from Thomas Jefferson's writings. The statue of him inside is about 19 feet tall and is made of bronze. In the Capitol Building we got to see the Rotunda. When a president dies, his casket is taken to the center of the Rotunda. The ceiling was painted by Constantino Brumidi. There are columns in the basement that help hold up the floor of the Rotunda. The Captiol has two wings. One wing is for the Senate and the other is for the Representatives. The FDR Memorial is for President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. The memorial has several statues and water displays. There is a statue of him. There is also a statue of people standing in bread lines that represents The Great Depression. The statue of a man sitting next to a radio shows the significance of people getting live news for the first time. All of this occured during the time of his presidency. Pamplin Park was a plantation and a Civil War battlefield. When we talked about the life of the slaves we learned about their chores and responsibilities. We got to see what a slave wedding would have been like. The family that owned the plantation left when the soldiers came and said that they could use the house and property. So, when we toured the home half was set up to look like it did when the soldiers occupied it. The other side looks like it did when the family lived there. The battle that took place there on April 2, 1865 is not very well known because it is so close to the end of the Civil War. The museum was for honoring the soldiers and the way they lived and their experience as a Civil War soldier. We learned about the punishments that the soldiers were given when they misbehaved. We did a hands-on activity outside. We got to train with wooden guns just as the soldiers would have trained with before they were given their rifle musket. The Eternal Flame Changing of the guards Gravestones George Washington's outfit Abraham Lincoln's top hat On a bus in the locomotive exhibit "Common Sense" The Newseum Me, Margaret, and Hao about to watch the 4D movie The Holocaust Museum Shoes Pictures of People Our team on the steps of the Captiol The ceiling in the Rotunda Me outside of the Capitol Hao and me at the Capitol Statues of people standin in bread lines Statue of FDR Margaret, Hao, and Me at a water display
at the memorial Rachel and Sam acting out a slave wedding Statue of President Lincoln The "Gettysburg Address"
inside the memorial The Lincoln Memorial The family home at the plantation On the second night we got to visit
the White House. We did not get to
go inside but we stood at the
edge of the property. Me at the White House The White House
and fountain in
front yard The White House The Statue of Thomas Jefferson The Jefferson Memorial The Thomas Jefferson memorial Me in front of the stars The Pacific arch The fountain in the center The Tomb of the Unkown Soldiers The Vietnam Memorial The Vietnam Memorial is unique compared to all
the other memorials. It has a statue of 3 men. The most interesting thing about this memorial is that it has a long wall of all the people that faught, died, or went missing in the war. There are 58,000 names on the wall. A diamond next to the name means the person died. A cross indicates that the person went missing. The wall is often reffered to as a healing stone. The Vietnam Wall The statues at the memorial The Wall Everyone training with the wooden guns
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