|had fun being framed by the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri!|
|being welcomed by the Lincolns at the White House|
|a presidenta museum of the highest order|
This is Lincoln world, where he studied to be a lawyer, practiced law, got married, bore children, and became the most beloved president (according to combined surveys) of the USA. It was no surprise, therefore, that the Presidential Library and Museum (his archives and exhibits of his legacy) take up two full city blocks. The Lincoln National Historic Site (his home and neighborhood) occupy two more blocks , another block is the law office where he studied and worked, and the Lincoln tomb is enshrined in the Springfield Cemetery.
|Bill in front of Lincoln's home which, together with the neighborhood of his time,\|
is a National Historic Site
|Lincoln's final resting place|
The Presidential Library is the most advanced in the world, using all available technologies to make Lincoln’s story come alive (a hologram theatre for portraying his work life, a wax museum to display how one may have been welcomed to the White House, multiple flat panels to depict the crucial campaign of 1860, and a 4-D (sight, smell, hearing, and touch) theatre to tell his life story (I jumped every time the cannons fired!), an interactive Q&A with him, etc. But he deserves no less!
|prominent 2-headed sculpture fronting the glass nursery at Meijer|
|my yellow garden with a huge cactus...sculpture!|
Tribute to Jefferson: Tribute St. Louis, Missouri
|the better shot: the Old Cathedral framed by the Gateway Arch|
|Scott Joplin National Historic Landmark|
|Ulysses S. Grant's White Home|
Then we went to two notable homes in the city: the Scott Joplin National Historic Site and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site called White Haven (even though it is green). Scott Joplin introduced ragtime music and is best known for his song, The Entertainer, which was popularized by the movie, Sting. Grant, on the other hand, was the commanding general of the Union forces during the Civil War just as Washington was during the American Revolution. Washington became the first president while Grant became the 18th president after the conclusion of the Civil War.
We are so glad we found the time to visit Springfield and St. Louis! And now we are in Pittsburg, Kansas, Bill’s hometown, getting ready for his high school class’ 50th reunion. And I am busy choosing the dress to wear for the Saturday Night Gala and helping prepare some write-ups. Next week I will tell you all about it!