Downtown Washington

Trip Start May 21, 2006
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Trip End Jun 04, 2006


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Saturday, June 3, 2006

We all know Lincoln was assassinated at a theatre, Ford theatre. What I found out from this trip was that he didn't die there, which was my original assumption. Instead, he managed to cross the street to the Pederson House, but, died the following day. The theatre closed for a period of time after the event but subsequently, re-opened. It is currently a functioning theatre except that nobody sits in the Presidential box where it is re-created to look it what it used to be like when Lincoln was assassinated.

National Museum of American History was our next stop. In this Museum, anything goes, hi-tech, low-tech, Presidential history, American history, Star-spangled banner, a collection of first ladies' dresses, replica of the entrance to the President's office and even Julia Child's kitchen. I found Julia Child's kitchen particularly kitchen. It was donated when she moved from the East coast back to California. Except for a couple of knives, the kitchen where she shot a number of seasons of her cooking show is now on display. The collection of first ladies' dresses worn during the inaugurations are also interesting. It gave me a sense of how petite they all are.
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