Recently, my family and I took a trip to Washington, DC. Just visiting monuments and viewing historical artifacts gave me the feeling I'd embarked on a trek back in time. Although I’d visited the city several times, there is do much to see and do that every time is a new experience. The top activity on my list this time was a visit to the National Archives. I’m sort of a history enthusiast so the notion of actually viewing the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights was thrilling. After making our way through security we first got a glimpse at the Magna Carta. The yellowing document was barely legible but I could make out some of the writing. We then moved on through a museum highlighting various articles and significant policies throughout history. The beautiful rotunda holds the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The documents are encased with special glass and lighting and are watched over by several guards. It was a compelling moment to view such important pieces of American history. Unfortunately but understandably, visitors are not allowed take photographs.
Also, during our time in the nation’s capital, we visited the Library of Congress, the largest library in the US. Walking in the building gave me a new perspective as an author. The iconic reading room, with it’s marble columns and numerous statues was awe-inspiring. Here’s a few of my favorite photos:
Library of Congress Reading Room
Library of Congress: Words Are Also Actions And Actions Are A Kind of Words
Library of Congress: In Books Lies The Sole Of the Whole Past Time