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    Published 1-23-2019

    President George Washington surveyed and chose a location on the Potomac River to become the permanent site of the nation's capital and the 1790 Residence Act made his dream a reality. He commissioned Pierre L'Enfant to design the city. L'Enfant  tired for one-year then he abandoned the project taking his plans with him. Benjamin Banneker, a free African American, recreated those plans from memory so that the work could continue. The White House, known as the President’s House until 1901, was first occupied by the President Adams Family on November 1, 1800. Slaves were hired from owners to help construct the mansion in 1701. Documented free blacks also worked as carpenters and surveyors. Blankets and clothing were supplied by owners. https://washington.org


    Capital building


    The Capitol (1793) was designed as the centerpiece of the District of Columbia. Its location, on Jenkins Hill, was deliberately chosen because it allows the structure to appear to glow at sunset. In 1855 a dome and a statue for its top were commissioned.  The sculptor of the statue sent the cast to the US. He died and it appeared impossible to disassemble the statue for casting. James Reid, an enslaved foundry worker, solved the problem and the statue, “Freedom”, continues to crown the dome.


    Smithsonian in Washington


    For more than 200-years “The District” has been the pulse beat of the country and the keeper of the nation’s history and cultural memory. Festivals, protests, marches and other events that altered history played out here. The more than 300-acre National Mall was designed to serve as a main thoroughfare. Today it provides access to the most viewed and visited monuments, museums and Smithsonian sites.  As the Mall is referred to as the nation’s front yard the Smithsonian Institute is considered the nation’s attic. It's the largest museum in the world with an additional zoo and research sites. James Smithson, a Scotsman who never visited this country, willed more than $500,000 in 1829 to establish the Smithsonian.
     
    Taking an Old Town Trolley tour is a great way to see as much as possible and cover long distances while visitind the DC. There are guided tours, begin at 9 am that allow passengers to hop-off and on the trolley at 25 stops. There are red and blue routes that cover both The Mall and Arlington National Cemetery. The evening tour, Monuments by Moonlight, is a wonderful way to view the Illuminated city. One of the greatest benefits is that visitors can explore sites that are often under-appreciated.


    National Museum of African Art
    Good as Gold Exhibit

     
    The National Museum of African Art is dedicated to the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa. It was established in 1964 and became part of the Smithsonian in 1979. The museum’s collection representes 900 different African cultures. One exhibit, “Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women” focuses on the cultural significance of gold; its mining, trade and symbolism of power, beauty and self-expression.


    painting of four female chief justices
    Strong women have always carved a place for themselves in DC and one of their iconic sites, the 1929 National Woman’s Party headquarters, is now the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. The site interprets the early women’s suffrage history. A tour highlight is Susan B. Anthony’s desk. www.nps.gov/bepa/index.htm


    John Lennon's stamp collection


    You will gain a new respect for the postal service after a visit to the National Postal Museum. Exhibits feature the history of postage stamps and a timeline of the postal service in America through interactives, videos, artifacts and text. Visitors can enter a train mail car, walk the original mail route and examine artifacts from famous crimes involving the postal service including the Unabomber’s handcuffs. Currently on display is “John Lennon: The Green Album”. As a boy Lennon collected stamps and his album contains 565 stamps on 150 pages. This is a hidden treasure!


    Mid 20th centry photo of a african american woman and three small children


    “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950” is on exhibit in the National Gallery of Art until February 18th. His works are a window into an era as is Dawoud Bey’s “The Birmingham Project” in an adjacent gallery. The gallery is housed in two buildings and has a collection of European and American Art from the Middle Ages to the present.
     
    The Korean War Veteran’s Memorial recognizes the soldiers who fought there. The war was the first without racial segregation and the 19 sculptures when reflected on the wall add up to 38 representing the 38th parallel. There are twelve white, three African American, two Hispanics, one Asian and one Native American sculpted soldiers.
     
    Nearly 10,000 women served in Vietnam and their service is commemorated here at the 1993 Vietnam’s Women’s Memorial. Located near the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall the 6’8” bronze sculpture depicts a seriously wounded soldier assisted by three servicewomen.

    First Lady, Michelle Obama President Obama

    The National Portrait Gallery displays portraits of noteworthy women and men including the U.S. Presidential portraits. One highlight of the collection is Nelson Shanks life-sized painting, The Four Justices, of female Supreme Court Justices O’Connor, Kagan, Sotomayar and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Two of the most famous portraits are those of Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald and Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley. I suggest you be there when the gallery opens and head straight to the third floor for comfortable viewing. Do not miss the symbolism in Michelle’s portrait, especially in her patterned dress. 

    DC Eaton Hotel


    Eaton House, opened in 2018, easily rises to a level of innovation and creativity that is designed to foster environmental, artistic, global and community awareness and inspire guests to seek their loftiest goals through personal interaction. It is comprised of five individual parts, Hotel, House, Media, Wellness, and Impact and public spaces are designed to facilitate mingling and free exchange of ideas. Live performances, an Eaton Radio community program and DJ mixes are offered as well as art create in a spectrum of mediums. Eaton Wellness center showcases The District’s holistic healing community. Four main dining options are guided by chefs Tim Ma, American Son, Kintsugi, Wild Days and Allegory. www.eatonworkshop.com
     
    Eaton DC is LEED Gold certified and their environmental commitment extends to the guest rooms. Rooms offer eco-friendly mattresses and linens and Grown Alchemist, plant-based, bath products.                                                           www.eatonworkshop.com/hotel/dc/house

     

     

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