Mount Vernon Virtual Tour


Can’t make it to Mount Vernon, VA? No problem!

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

My daughter’s 3rd grade class has been studying George Washington and I remembered that the Mount Vernon website had some great resources available and shared the site with her teacher. They have expanded their online virtual tour of George and Martha Washington’s home which is a wonderful tool if you’re unable to get to Mount Vernon, Virginia. The virtual tour includes the mansion, outbuildings, gardens and landscapes, distillery and gristmill, and the library. Enjoy!

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour


The Roosevelts: An Intimate History & Conversation with Ken Burns

RooseveltsSundaySept14The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Airs September 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Check local listingsClick here to learn more about the film

Got a question about The Roosevelts? Here’s your chance .  . .

On Tuesday, September 16 from 1-2 pm EDT, join Burns and a panel of experts in a webcast conversation with high school students about the legacy of the Roosevelts. The panel, moderated by the Smithsonian’s Christopher Wilson, and featuring historians Clay Jenkinson and Geoffrey Ward and Smithsonian curator Harry Rubenstein, will discuss the influence of the Roosevelts on the office of the presidency and Eleanor Roosevelt’s work to promote civil and human rights. The panel will take questions from the online audience.

Register here for this event.

Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence


Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence

“The Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence (240 items; 1910-1924) consists primarily of letters written by President Harding (1865-1923), before and during his tenure as a U.S. senator, to his paramour Carrie Fulton Phillips (1873-1960), wife of a Marion, Ohio, store owner. Also included are drafts and notes for correspondence written by Phillips during her approximately fifteen-year relationship with Harding, as well as a handful of other related items.

This collection had been closed for fifty years as a result of court orders, settlement papers, and gift agreement. When the restriction expired on July 29, 2014, the Library digitized the originals and released the entire contents of the collection online .

That Harding and Phillips had a romantic relationship dating from 1905 to at least 1920 is clear from these letters. Although the first letter in these papers dates from 1910, other letters refer to 1905 as the beginning of the relationship. The letters are at times deeply passionate, but there is more to the collection than love notes and sentimental poetry. The letters give travel and speaking engagement information on Harding. They wrote to each other when at least one of them was not in Marion, Ohio, and both of them traveled frequently. Intricate plans had to be made to meet or even to direct where the next letter should be sent. Harding often described his activities and colleagues” (Library of Congress)

President’s Day in Plains, GA – 2014

TOP: Our view of President and Mrs. Carter from the back row of the Plains High School auditorium.   BOTTOM LEFT: Girls sitting at a replica of President Carter's desk from the White House. BOTTOM RIGHT: Our National Park Service date stamps from our 2013 and 2014 visits.

TOP: Our view of President and Mrs. Carter from the back row of the Plains High School auditorium.
BOTTOM LEFT: Girls sitting at a replica of President Carter’s desk from the White House.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Our National Park Service date stamps from our 2013 and 2014 visits.

President’s Day in Plains, GA – 2014

Last year we took a one-hour country drive down to Plains, GA to learn about Teddy Roosevelt. This year we were drawn back to the tiny peanut farming town, southeast of Columbus, GA to hear President Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter talk about their time in the White House. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, part of the National Parks Service, hosted the event.

Mrs. Carter took the reigns and spoke first. She shared how hard it was to adjust to having the U.S. Secret Service personnel around all the time and told of how their daughter Amy wanted to invite John Travolta to the White House for her 11th birthday in 1977 and so they did. They served up spaghetti on that special day. President Carter reflected on his accomplishments and how he came from humble beginnings in the neighboring town of Archery, GA. He made it into the U.S. Naval Academy, served as an  officer in the U.S. Navy, Governor of Georgia, and was then elected as the 39th president of the United States. He shared intimate details of the 13 day Camp David Accords and his time with Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. President and Mrs. Carter spoke for almost an hour, responded to questions, and then autographed books.

My daughters (8 & 10) found it interesting to see President Carter in person and understood the fact that he’s one of only 4 living former presidents. I enjoyed the fact that this is one of many events where President and Mrs. Carter give back to their hometown and for one-hour we were able to see them speak casually about such an important time in their lives.