FC: Presidential Tourism
1: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library George Washington Traveling Mt. Vernon Exhibit
2: Land of Lincoln Springfield IL March 2009
3: Nick and I started our journey to Springfield at 5:30 am. We wanted to make sure we had ample time to explore the Land of Lincoln.
4: Nick and I with the Lincoln Clan in the Museum Lobby The next page showcased the other statues including Lincoln as a boy.. The Museum includes over 2,000 items of Lincoln' fine art, ephemera, and popular art, 1,600 original letters and manuscripts written or signed by Lincoln, 280 historical artifacts associated with the sixteenth president and his family, and much more!! | As soon as you enter the museum, you are greeted by the Lincoln family from 1961. To your left you will find 9 year old Lincoln at his family's Kentucky cabin. To your right you see Civil War Generals Grant and McClellan.
6: Visiting the Old Capitol and surrounding areas
7: The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876. During the dramatic years leading to the Civil War, the building had an important role in the political struggle between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. | Lincoln visited the building frequently as both a lawyer and a politician, serving in the building during his last term in the Illinois House of Representatives and delivering the famous 1858 “House Divided” speech in Representatives Hall. The building was the scene of the assassinated President's final laying-in-state on May 3, 1865.
8: Inside the Old Capitol The first floor is composed of a central hall flanked by rooms staged as government offices, two libraries, and the supreme courtroom.
9: Recreated second floor spaces include a rotunda, legislative chambers, smaller offices, and meeting rooms.
10: Lincoln's home in downtown Springfield has proved irresistible to visitors since it first opened to the public in 1887. Constructed in 1839 and restored to its 1860 appearance, the 12-room house was Abraham and Mary Lincoln's home for 17 years. There are other sites in the neighborhood that give the visitor a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln daily life.
11: We also visited the Illinois State Capitol. To the right is the Illinois State Senate Room, where Barack Obama worked as a state senator. Illinois is what I call the "Land of Unethical Governors". Rod Blagojevich was in still in office at the time of of visit. This is me outside of his office. (below) We had no luck finding him this day as this was while he was undergoing criminal investigation.
12: Dedicated in 1874, Lincoln's Tomb is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. Legend says that rubbing the nose of sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s bust of Abraham Lincoln conveys good luck.
13: The 117-foot Tomb, designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, is constructed of brick sheathed with Quincy granite. Interior rooms of the Tomb are finished in a highly polished marble trimmed with bronze. The rotunda and corridors contain reduced-scale reproductions of important Lincoln statues as well as plaques with excerpts from Lincoln’s Springfield farewell speech, the Gettysburg Address, and his Second Inaugural Address. Lincoln’s remains rest in a concrete vault ten feet below the marble floor of the burial chamber.
14: A visit to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum Independence. MO July 2011
15: A replica of Truman's oval office
16: The museum is full of letters and other articles from Truman's life. Below are some love letters to his wife Bess and other presidential correspondence. Above is the famous placard that sat on his desk in the White House.
17: Uncle Terry and I having fun taking in all the history and making our own campaign buttons!!!
18: The famous photo of Churchill,Truman, and Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in 1945
19: The sign "The Buck Stops Here" that was on President Truman's desk in his White House office was giving to him in 1945. The saying "the buck stops here" derives from the slang expression "pass the buck" which means passing the responsibility on to someone else. On more than one occasion President Truman referred to the desk sign in public statements. For example, in his farewell address to the American people given in January 1953, President Truman referred to this concept very specifically in asserting that, "The President--whoever he is--has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job."
20: Some headlines from Truman's years in office. Here is a few major events that took place during that time: - Decision to drop the bomb - Creation of NATO and the CIA - Creation of the State of Israel - The Marshall Plan - The Truman Doctrine - The Origins of the Cold War
23: His funeral was held at the Truman Library and he was laid to rest in the library courtyard in December of 1972. His wife and daughter are also buried here in the courtyard.
24: When Harry Truman's Presidency ended in January 1953, he went home to Independence and took his place as an "ordinary citizen." Truman drew attention wherever he went. He took his daily walk around his home and often stopped to converse with people.
25: Uncle Terry and Brenda enjoying the sights around Truman's home.
26: Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon North Carolina History Museum September 2010
27: Kenda and I had a great time finding out all sorts of things about our country's father. We also viewed his real dentures (above) and his family bible (right).
28: In his early years, Washington was a land surveyor and fought in the French and Indian Wars. Throughout these days,he gained valuable military, political, and leadership experience.
29: Two Major Decisions
30: Kenda enjoyed all the exhibit had to offer. She really liked Martha's shoes and clothing pieces!
31: Famous Quotes