Cities and Their Monuments

London, England The idea for this blog (the whole blog, not just this post) started back in 2010, when I was visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, an exquisite space of famous architecture and history. Below the main area, there is an underground crypt filled with monuments and statues. I was standing in that crypt the moment it occurred to me that I wasn’t seeing … Continue reading Cities and Their Monuments

Smithsonian NMAAHC

This was my first visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and let me just say from the very beginning that I will be going back . It’s phenomenal.  The museum opened September 24, 2016, and almost immediately became a daily sell out.   I lucked out and arrived early on a cold, rainy December morning just in time to … Continue reading Smithsonian NMAAHC

Antietam National Battlefield & Cemetery

Even during the quiet of winter, the area around Sharpsburg, MD and the surrounding hills are strikingly beautiful.  For me, it was difficult to wrap my head around the history of the area because the serenity of the scenery, and the reality of the day memorialized here, starkly contrast one another.  One is incredibly peaceful, the other horrifically brutal. All in a Twelve Hour Battle … Continue reading Antietam National Battlefield & Cemetery