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Old 01-08-2017, 02:29 PM
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A Visit to my Favorite city in the U.S.

Here are some pictures I took in September during my latest visit to my most favorite city in the U.S., Washington, D.C. My parents lived in the D. C. area for over 30 years and we visited them at least 3 weeks a year all the time our girls were growing up. It is the most exciting city, the most interesting city I have visited. You could go to the city daily and not see the same thing twice. Each time I go I see something new and this last visit was no different.
In all the years I had visited I had never toured the Library of Congress. This post contains a few pictures from there.
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The Library was founded in 1800, making it the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves.
The collections include more than 38 million books and other printed materials, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts.
The Library receives some 15,000 items each working day and adds approximately 12,000 items to the collections daily. The majority of the collections are received through the Copyright registration process, as the Library is home to the U.S. Copyright Office.
The Gutenberg Bible, one of the treasures of the Library of Congress, was purchased in 1930. The 15th-century work is one of three perfect copies on vellum in the world.
Here you see attached some of the photos I took that day, including a picture of the U.S. Capitol Dome again in its beautiful pristine glory following recently completed multi-year project to completely restore the Dome for the first time since 1959-1960.
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File Type: jpg Library of Congress Reading Room.jpg (102.9 KB, 66 views)
File Type: jpg Gutenberg Bible in Library of Congress.jpg (66.3 KB, 67 views)
File Type: jpg US Captitol from Library of Congress.jpg (89.7 KB, 70 views)
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Another place I visited in D.C. in September was also something brand new to me. It was President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home
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Four presidents of the United States escaped the heat and humidity of summer in Washington, DC at The Old Soldiers' Home on a hill three miles from the White House. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln spent June to November, 1862-1864 in a 34-room Gothic Revival "cottage" there. He reportedly made his last visit to the house, on April 13, 1865, the day before his assassination. He found cool breezes and quiet, but he brought his wartime responsibilities with him. Lincoln was staying in this house when he wrote the final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862. Frederick Douglass, the famous African American abolitionist and writer, called the proclamation “the immortal paper, making slavery forever impossible in the United States."
The Cottage itself was first built in 1842 and was used for many things over the years. One thing of many things that we found fascinating during our tour was that Lincoln "commuted" each day from this vacation cottage to the White House. He rode a horse and much of the time he rode alone. He enjoyed the time alone and sometimes he stopped along the way to speak to the people on the street.
Lincoln was not the last president to take advantage of the healthy breezes at the cottage. President Hayes spent the summers of 1877 to 1880 at the house. President Chester A. Arthur stayed there during renovations at the White House in the winter of 1882 and spent summers there as well.

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The significance of President Lincoln’s cottage faded from memory after the mid-20th century, while the Old Soldier's Home continued to adapt the house for new uses. In 2001, the Soldiers’ Home officially became the Washington Unit of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. It is the nation’s only retirement community for Regular Army and Air Force enlisted personnel, warrant officers, and disabled soldiers and airmen. The Secretary of the Interior designated the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home, consisting of the cottage and the other three buildings constructed before the Civil War, as a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
After an eight-year restoration project, President Lincoln’s Cottage held a Grand Opening Ceremony on February 18, 2008 and opened to the public on February 19, 2008.
A very interesting tour if you get the chance.
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J. Beautiful/interesting pictures. Like icon!
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Enjoyed reading all that history to go with the photos !
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I also enjoyed the pics and history.

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Thanks to all. Glad you enjoyed the pics of my very favorite city.
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Thanks Judy -- very nice pictures with some interesting info.
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Many beautiful cities

After reading your post I got to thinking of all the cities in the world I have been too, and can not come up with a favorite.
The last time, (one of many visits to D.C.) was just after the Holocaust museum was opened. It sure has so many interesting things and places to see.
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After reading your post I got to thinking of all the cities in the world I have been too, and can not come up with a favorite.
The last time, (one of many visits to D.C.) was just after the Holocaust museum was opened. It sure has so many interesting things and places to see.
Golly, you need to return to D.C. Lots more to see in the 24 years since your last visit. The Newseum, W.W. II Memorial, Air & Space Museum Annex at Dulles Intl., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, etc.
The city is always changing!
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saw the Korean War Veterans Memorial

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Golly, you need to return to D.C. Lots more to see in the 24 years since your last visit. The Newseum, W.W. II Memorial, Air & Space Museum Annex at Dulles Intl., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, etc.
The city is always changing!
saw the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the last visit, remember walking 2 blocks from the hotel to order KFC from behind bullet proof glass.
Always wanted to go back, but now the knee and cancer only allows quarter mile walks. Glad for TV we can still see the new stuff.
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