S: 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus 2010
BC: CWF 2010 | Created by Cheryl Jacobs
FC: 4_4- | 4- 4- | 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus 2010
1: In June 2010, I chaperoned the South Dakota delegation attending the Citizenship Washington Focus trip in Washington, DC. I was excited to be able to share the trip with my sister Janice, nephew Dylan and niece Kayla. I also traveled with my good friend and former co-worker Janet Lingle. This book contains the many fun memories of our trip together. | Welcome to our nation's capitol!
2: Our trip included a visit to Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington. We got to tour their home and the estate which lies on the Potomac River. | We toured the museum at Mount Vernon, viewing many displays that explained the life and times of George and Martha Washington.
3: The tombs of George and Martha Washington. | The mansion at Mount Vernon. | Mount Vernon
4: The kitchen area of the slave's quarters. | The Washington's mansion at Mount Vernon. | Mount Vernon
5: Mount Vernon was home to over 300 slaves in its history. They worked the plantation, served the family and many other tasks in running the estate.
6: There's a whole lot of party going on | We spent the morning walking around the Mount Vernon estate.
7: Mount Vernon | Part of the group from South Dakota sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch facing the Potomac River. | A typical day on the plantation, working in he blacksmith shop.
8: The 16 sided barn that George Washington designed was rather uncommon in the colonial era. | Mount Vernon
9: Mount Vernon was a working farm. These photos show some of the Pioneer Farm site and an example of slaves quarters. It was common for several families to live in a one room cabin with a chimney in the middle. | Part of the South Dakota delegation pausing for a photo at the Slaves Quarters.
10: One of my favorite places to tour in Washington DC is Arlington National Cemetery. Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns is an awe inspiring sight. | Kayla and I at the Memorial Amphitheater | Here rests in honored glory, an American soldier know but to God.
11: Arlington National Cemetery | The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
12: A Field of 4000 Gold Stars represents the 400,000 lives lost in war. | Me, Janice and Janet at the South Dakota pillar. | Kayla trying to touch the top of the Washington Monument.
13: World War II Memorial | We visited the World War II Memorial located in the center of the Mall. It was completed in 2004. There is a pillar for each state and arches inscribed with Atlantic and Pacific. There is also a reflecting pool and other elements representing different phases of the war.
14: FDR | Memorial
15: We toured the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. It tells the story of his life and presidency. The granite used to construct the monument was quarried in South Dakota. The memorial is divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each term of his presidency.
16: Our Congressional Delegation | We waited for a long time to take this picture with Rep. Stephanie Herseth. The concrete at the Capitol was so hot and the day was so humid. | We took a photo with Senators Tim Johnson and John Thune at one of the Senate Office Buildings. | Dylan, Janice, Kayla and Me.
17: We had a very important day on Capitol Hill. We met with South Dakota's Congressional Delegation; Senator Tim Johnson, Senator John Thune and Representative Stephanie Herseth. We toured the Capitol building and learned a lot of interesting facts from our tour guides. | U.S. Capitol Building | Our 4-Hers listening hard to the perfect echo in the Capitol Rotunda. | The tram that runs from the Senate office building to the Capitol.
18: State's Night Out | We ate at the Filomena Risorante in Georgetown and then went to a performance of a comedy murder mystery called Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center.
19: The group from South Dakota spent an evening out together in DC at a fancy dinner and then a show at the Kennedy Center. Unfortunately, a few emergencies in the group interrupted our dinner and changed the plans for some of our chaperones and 4-Hers but we tried to make the best of it.
20: Twilight Tattoo | We attended an event called Twilight Tattoo at Fort McNair. It's a ceremonial pageant featuring soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as the Old Guard.
22: Amazing Fun on the Fourth | Sightseeing in the Nation's Capitol
23: Our touring included all the sights of Capitol Hill including the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court Building and Union Station. We also saw the Iwo Jima Memorial, the National Cathedral, the National Aquarium and the memorials around the National Mall and took some rides on the Metro.
24: Our group from South Dakota split into smaller groups to tour the Mall. This is the group that went with me to the top of the Washington Monument and to some of the Smithsonian museums. We even stopped for a few souvenirs. | The Washington Monument
25: Views from the Washington Monument.
26: We rode the Metro back to the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. What an adventure! Janice, Janet and I had practiced the day before, but it was a lot more complicated trying to make sure all of our 4-Hers got on the train.
27: The White House & Smithsonian Museums | Exhibits at the Smithsonian American History Museum.
28: Lanterman's Mill, Ohio
29: On our way home we took a side trip to Lanterman's Mill near Youngstown, Ohio. We toured the flour mill and walked the hiking trails along Mill Creek.
30: Our Life on a Bus
31: Amazing Fun on the Fourth | Rule #1: Absolutely no solids on the bus! Rule #2: Bring a comfy pillow. Rule#3: Bring DVD's. Rule #4: Walk to the back of the bus once in a while to keep an eye on the kids. | After many hours and many miles together we made it back to South Dakota with lots of pictures to share and plenty of great memories of our time together. What an awesome adventure!