Start at the Archives, a neoclassical building that acts as a temple to American history. Once inside. Your expert guide will introduce you to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while observing the original documents. These papers, alongside the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, are all signed by the prominent statesmen and founding fathers like Alexander Hamilton. Moving to the Public Vaults Exhibits, youll come face to face with letters from George Washington and John F. Kennedy. Youll even see the Emancipation Proclamation, which, in 1863, led to the abolishment of slavery. Finally, in the Rubenstein Gallery, youll examine more historical documents like the Magna Carta of 1297, written well before the United States was even conceived, yet pivotal in influencing the other documents that youll experience in the Archives. By the end, you will have witnessed firsthand the humble documentation that created the worlds most powerful country.
Aftera lunch break, well talk politics and history as we trace Washington DCs evolution from a swamp to the capital of one of the worlds most influential nations. Explore the City Upon a Hill with a knowledgeable guide who will show you Capitol Hill the place where it all happens in the United States. Learn about the main buildings including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Visit the magnificent exteriors while popping inside the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, as well exploring Thomas Jeffersons library and inspecting a real Gutenberg Bible. The tour may include a visit to a courtroom and tickets may be available for a tour of the Capitols interior.