Project Period in the Nation’s Capital
Five students (and faculty members TJ and Lynne Palmer) are in Washington, D.C., working on their end-of-year projects. The students have chosen to take on projects steeped in history and consequences – the Holocaust and civil rights. As a hub of primary source materials, experts, and experiences, Washington, D.C., offers a full immersion experience for these students. Each day one or two students will share their experiences in this blog. We hope you will follow along.
May 7, 2017 – Day 1
By Mrs. Palmer
Up early for a 5:45 a.m. pickup. Kevin Duffy was our enthusiastic chauffer and all the girls were ready (even Alli who arrived home at 2 a.m. from attending a prom)! Love flying out of our beloved Manchester Airport as it is so easy, stress free, and convenient. Even had some time to pose beneath the Brewster advertisement on the digital screen. Maria’s leg room was limited, and she just barely made the walk down the aisle to her seat without her head touching the ceiling, but she scored a seat next to Sophie so the two watched Office re-runs together.
We exited Reagan National with two Uber drivers, 11 bags, and seven excited passengers. When we arrived at our Airbnb, the girls scrambled to check out the space and pick out rooms. Next we walked the short distance to the new Whole Foods Market where we stocked up on breakfast and snacks and grabbed box lunches that were delicious. Clare thought we should spend our free afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery, which we all thought was a great start to seeing the Nation’s Capital. It was off to the Metro at Union Station.
Walking through the rows and rows of gravestones was a sobering experience. The beauty of the rolling hills and exceptionally manicured landscape embodied grace and honor, which seemed fitting. We made it just in time for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. What a commitment and tribute to the soldiers whose remains could not be identified. We stopped at The Arlington House – which is in the process of a $12 million renovation – seemed like it could really use one! We held our first round table outside, resting on an old well cover. TJ shared insight on Robert E. Lee, and we discussed current perceptions of the Civil War and cultural differences between the South and the North.
The rain put an end to our round-table conversation, and we headed to the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite where we learned that the Kennedy’s had had a daughter who was buried alongside her mother, father, and baby brother Patrick. We tried to find the gravesite of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, as the map dictated, but had to briskly walk to the Metro as a rain shower descended. When we turned the corner onto Memorial Drive we were met by a rainbow that stretched over the Lincoln Memorial. What a sight! Navigating back to the Metro with Morgan’s hometown knowledge, we decided to venture to the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University area for a bite to eat. With a quick text to Hannah Coulter ‘16, we went to Burger, Tap & Shake and caught up with Hannah who loves GWU and living in Washington. Clare was thrilled to hear it as she is joining her this fall.
The plan was to walk the Mall and see the Lincoln Memorial at night, but after walking more than seven miles and an early rise, the unanimous decision was to head back to our Airbnb and get an early night’s sleep. Great first day!