Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Thursday, May 08, 2014
This day was at my building, where I work, as opposed to the main building downtown. It started with the Deputy Archivist giving the kids the oath of office for civil servants, which we all take when we start working for Federal agencies.
Then we ran back upstairs to finish getting the 3D printer set up, my contribution to the day. My wonderful coworker David Katz helped and added a bunch of candy to the table. I set up several kinds of cookies, which Thea helped me pick out a couple days before.
Liam helped me make signs directing people to the room, and both kids made my activity (a handout that you cut out and tape together to form a box; 3D!). It was a smashing success.
There was also a scavenger hunt, which took us all over the building. It was exhausting. From one end to the other, my building is 1/4 of a mile long. We walked about 2 miles just for this activity alone.
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
The Archivist of the United States -- or AOTUS as we call him at work -- showed the kids the letters to three presidents he wrote, including one to LBJ congratulating him on signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Next we went on a tour of some documents in a vault on the 12th floor, including the letter George Washington wrote accepting the presidency, a document about the Louisiana Purchase, and the petition for women's voting rights signed by Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton. That impressed me more than the kids, frankly.
Lastly, the exhibit staff gave the kids the opportunity to design their own exhibition dioramas, which The and Liam thought was the coolest.
We left the Archives and met up with Mike for lunch with my co-worker Darren, his son Eamon, and his wife Diana, who works not too far from the Archives. Afterward we took Eamon and the kids to Mike's museum for a behind-the-scenes tour.
First was unlimited rides on the carousel on the National Mall, which Mike gets for free for working at the Smithsonian:
Then he showed them the cabinet shop:
and let them crawl around behind the walls to look at how the video displays worked:
We ended the day in the gardens.
At night, Mike and I had our cocktails outside with an audience. It was an exhausting but fun day!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Friday, April 18, 2014
Mike's mom got him and his brother bricks when the stadium was built 20 years ago, and Thea happened to find it out of the thousands of other names. She was today's hero!
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Today we went on the Mike Briggs Tour of Cleveland. We started with the beach down the street from us, where the kids and I spent almost every morning.
Liam really can't help mugging for the camera.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
We let Mike sleep as late as possible to finish recovering from his experience at the Schvitz on Tuesday. I hope he writes about it while the memory is relatively fresh, because the story is epic.
and Steve Lambert's You Are Still Alive.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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