I am going to combine The National Archives with the Library of Congress, even though it was on two days. On April 7 we were to go to the Supreme Course at 2 p.m. so we decided to visit the National Archives first. We had tried to go there a different day but the line was just too long. It was long on this morning too and we did stand in the rain to visit. I was concerned because we had a woman tell us it was not really interesting. Wrong! We loved and could have stayed much longer and read it all. So much history there. Yes, go see it.
On April 8 we had appointments to go to the Library of Congress and the Capitol. I will cover the Capitol and the Jefferson Monument and Cherry blossoms on the next post.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress was so cool, especially if you have a love of books and a love of history. You can look up anything in the Library of Congress by just applying for a library card. I would love to go back and put my hands on some of the books there just knowing who touched them and feeling the pages. Ok, ok, sad I know.
One thing I was not happy with was our tour. The woman who led our tour had a very soft voice and would back away if we were trying to listen. Voices echo a lot! And the sound is just lousy. They really need to do the headphones on a tour so everyone can hear yet not interrupt other tours. I wish we could have heard more.This is Thomas Jefferson’s library. He sold his whole library to the US and it was housed in the capitol when the British came in and burned it. Sadly, many of his original books were lost. However, due to many generous people those have been replaced by original works or replicas. When you look at the books, those with a green ribbon were originally Thomas Jefferson’s. I believe the yellow ribbons were original replacements. I would love to just touch one. The Guttenberg Bible.As you can tell, the artwork and décor is really wonderful.
OK, on to the rest of April 8 in the next posting!