A Visit To The Newseum A Visit with asha

With the threat of a hurricane we decided to spend the day in DC with Asha instead of heading to the Rennaissance Faire. We started at her new apartment in Woodley Park.

Lunch was quite good at the Woodley Cafe (or something like that). Then it was Red Line to Judiciary Square and the .Newseum.

The Newseum is a relatively new museum, having been moved downtown from its previous location in Arlington. None of us had been there before and we were impressed by the superior layout and organization. Like the USHMM it is a great bit of design which just enhances the great collection and wealth of information.

This is an information dense museum. You will want to give yourself many hours to enjoy it. We were very taken with the section on the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We also spent a ton of time in the section on Vietnam. This part of history has often been neglected in US education and all three of us felt we had a lot to learn.

There's a lovely terrace with a view of the capital and the smithsonian. The museum doesn't waste the space on just this frivolity. There is information on the history of the city as well.

As a photographer, I was very interested in all the information on photojournalism and the equipment. Until the coverage of 9/11, it was pretty much all Nikon all the time.

There was a cool area with historical newspapers going back hundreds of years on the left

and progression of media news on the right.

Toward the end of our visit we had to move kind of quickly through the civil rights era

and the coverage of 9/11.

Remnants of the radio tower from the World Trade Center.

We really enjoyed the Newseum and will definitely return.

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