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Library of CongressThis was the theme of the tour during my Memorial Day Weekend visit to the Library of Congress.  As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I value the insights gleaned from free tours in museums.

 The docent, Cora, was very knowledgeable in forming this link.  In order for Democracy to function optimally, a learned populace should elect educated leaders.  And not only should leaders know the law and government, but they also need to understand economics, the environment, health, science, etc.  Oh – Jefferson Ideals… it makes you want to read a million books just thinking about it.

Now onto the History of the Library of Congress:  The LOC was established by Congress in 1800 and was housed inside the Capitol.  (Looking at the Capitol from the LOC, it would be in the right wing side of the building.  I’ll put up a picture of this later today.)  When the British burned the Capitol in 1814, they incidentally burned the LOC as well.  Too bad for them burning buildings did not equal winning the war.

For the rest of the post I’ll showcase some of the Architectural/Decorative Highlights of the building and share some of the intereting Historical Tidbits I learned.

The LOC has soooooooooo much information!

Holocaust Museum LobbyWelcome to the Holocaust Museum… have a meaningful experience.

As it’s name indicates, the museum’s focus is on telling the story of the Holocaust.  Since it’s opening in 1993, over 30 million people have visited the museum – and from my experience on Saturday, that number is growing rapidly.  Most notable upon arriving is the architecture.  There is an incredible mixture of stone, glass, steel, and light – quite stunning.

The museum captured the story from Hitler’s rise to power to the liberation of the concentration camps.  Overall, I found the museum to be informative and impactful.  I visited Dachau  previously and definitely still appreciated the insights offered by the Holocaust Museum.  Well done, Holocaust Museum – I had a meaningful experience.

More About My Visit