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Disclaimer. Washington DC Part Three
Washington DC Part Three comments continue as a follow-up on Part Two. Consequently, museums are the focus of this post. Museum of American History
As “The Walkby Tourist”, I tend to move quickly. Because I probably won’t remember all of it anyway so take a few pictures and move on! Washington DC Part Three continues!
This museum has much history of America going back to colonial times through today. As a result, there are references to history and to pop culture. And everything in between. Here is a link. Pictures from the museum
The best way to explain a museum is to show pictures! So, here they are!
We hear many stories about businesses being founded in someone’s garage. Interestingly, Medtronic was actually started in a garage in North East Minneapolis in 1949. Today, Medtronic is one of the leading manufacturers of medical devices.
Here is a link to more Medtronic history. Another great American success story.
Medtronic, the University of Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic led medical innovation. Minnesota became a hot spot on the map for medical care.
Lakes and rivers in the heartland of America.
Interestingly, part of this display was the Great River Road. Here is a link to my trip on that route.
Jackson and Crocker became the first people to drive across the US in 1903
Here is a link to an article about the first road trip across America. Hard to believe that a road trip needed to be invented!
The Mother Road, America’s Main Street, the Will Rogers Highway. Route 66 still draws tourists from all over the world.
Here is a link to my first day on a 17-day journey in April 2018.
The Interstate Highway System dramatically changes America. Both good and bad. First of all, the highway system improved interstate commerce. The highway system also improved all types of road travel. Consequently, on the “downside”, it caused a number of small towns and attractions to die because there were cut off from the Interstate system.
Sculpture of George Washington illustrates the degree to which the early Americans considered him nearly a God.
Continuing the history, D Day happens in Europe.
..and the war in the Pacific comes to an end.
Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue
Has to be included for all of us Navy veterans. International Spy Museum
Garbo is a hero in the spy business. He created a full network of spies all from his fertile imagination. The Germans believed what he fed them and even awarded him an Iron Cross for his efforts.
The Allies created many pieces of misinformation. For example, fake sets of military equipment at the location where they would launch a major invasion of Pas-de-Calais. Even more of the misinformation to hide the true target of Normandy.
The Manhattan project had its own spies who gave or sold information to the Russians. As a result, the Soviet Union had an atomic bomb by 1949.
The US Army’s Signal Intelligence Service cracked the Japanese “Purple Code”. Because the British cracked the Enigma Nazi communications, soon the Americans and Brits signed a cooperative agreement in 1943.
Navajo Code Talkers developed a code based on their language. The Japanese never broke the code. Consequently, the Navajo’s involved were heroes!
Marlene Dietrich, a German-born entertainer, became a US citizen and risked her life by entertaining troops on the front lines.
Interestingly, Julia Child worked for the OSS (British Secret Service) during the war as a clerk.
Hollywood actors and actresses supported the war effort. Several joined the military. American baseball player Moe Berg filmed Japanese military installations to help the US.
That’s the museums for this part of the trip. On the next part! Here lies a post to a blog about quirky trips. Quirky doesn’t seem to fit this museum but it’s on the list from one of my research websites.
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