Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Have you ever had one of those days when your schedule was really booked? That happened to me the other day. To start my day off I touched the Berlin Wall, yep, that one. Then I was standing at "Ground Zero" 10 ft from the antenna that used to be perched on top of the World Trade Center.
Later in the day I stood inches from a bullet riddled truck that was used to move journalists around the war torn city of Kosovo. Then, I relaxed by reading the front page of over 80 newspapers from around the world.
You might think I racked up some serious frequent flyer miles that day, but all I had to do was visit the "Newseum" in Washington DC.
A beautiful building on Pennsylvania Ave. a stones throw from the Capitol, the Newseum is a modern, state of the art facility displaying 5 centuries of news history.
With 6 floors of displays, it's a must see for anyone remotely interested in the news of the past.
The wide screen documentary of Woodstock put me right there in the mud with the flower children of the 60's.
Want to see a step by step accounting of John Wilks Booth before he assassinated President Lincoln? It's there.
The headlines of many of the worlds newspapers on 9/11 are displayed, most needed only one word to describe the day. "UNTHINKABLE" screamed one, "TERROR" yelled another. My favorite was "BASTARDS." The video presentation of that terrible day is amazing and very sad.
Videos of news makers on the air for a multitude of big events are everywhere.
It's a really interesting place where my wife and daughter spent hours roaming around. If I was teaching a high school history class, this place would be the destination of my first school trip.
I actually touched a piece of the Berlin Wall.

That was pretty cool.


Frau said...

So cool....I'm adding that to my list of must visit. Happy New Year by the way!

Melinda said...

There you are! Glad to see you back, I've missed your posts. And this place sounds amazing, so much history in one place. My Dad would love it.

slommler said...

Wow! I have not heard of this museum. I will add it to my list as well. Sounds fabulous!

dcpeg said...

Tsk, tsk, tsk - you're not supposed to touch The Wall. ;-) Did you stand inside the guard tower, too? That creeped me pretty good. The museum IS fascinating, but I found it incredibly depressing, too. So much of the news is bad . . . the pictures of all the journalists who've been killed, REALLY did me in. Hope you watched and felt the 3D video. That was cool!!

nacherluver said...

Wow! What a day! Sounds like a great place to visit.

clairedulalune said...

This sounds like a fantastic place! So steeped in history under one roof, I could spend hours in there! If I had a list, this would be on it!

Anonymous said...

Now that would be a cool place to visit, although I imagine difficult at times.

beth said...

that's really cool....I would have touched it too and then photographed the hell out of it :)