2020 is The History Mom’s Year of Historical Reading. Read my new blog post and follow along with me on this journey!
Many families are planning ski trips for the new year, taking advantage of the winter weather in January and February. If you are planning a trip like this, I encourage you to look at the museums and historical societies at your ski destination to take in some history on a break from the slopes. Many destinations have small but educational museums that help your children understand the history of the area, from Native Americans to the pioneers. This summer, we visited a popular skiing destination, Jackson Hole, WY, and discovered the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, which is a great place to explore the region’s history. Read my new review today!
As 2019 draws to a close, we are ending the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first legislative representative assembly in the New World. This legislative body, Virginia’s General Assembly, began in 1619 in Jamestown and now meets at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. The Capitol is a wonderful place to take your kids to learn about history, government, and the very beginnings of our country. Read my new review today to help you plan your visit!
A fun, interactive museum to visit while in Dublin is Dublinia, where your kids can experience what life was like on the Emerald Isle during Viking and Medieval times. From walking down a Viking street to participating in a Medieval fair’s games, this museum immerses kids and adults in Dublin’s past. It’s a must-see attraction for families visiting Dublin!
One of the most important places to visit on any trip to Washington, DC is the National Archives Museum. Nothing compares to seeing the actual Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights up close. It is amazing to think of the men who signed these very documents and the revolution that they were starting and the government that they were creating. They had no idea how it would turn out, and I think they would be impressed that over 200 years later, these documents are still revered and venerated. Read my new review on why you should take your kids to this important museum while visiting Washington, DC.
Next on our list of Presidential and First Lady sites is Berkeley Plantation, the birthplace of our nation’s ninth President, William Henry Harrison. It also happens to be the site of the first planned English Thanksgiving in the New World, rivaling the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts for that honor! Read my new review today!
One of the best ways to learn about any city is to seek out its history museum or historical society. Richmond is lucky to have an amazing museum, The Valentine, which has been preserving the city’s history since 1898. This museum is family-friendly and is a stop that every trip to Richmond should include. Read my new review today!