DC in ’03
I had never taken the time to see any of the monuments in DC and decided that I should remedy it. I at least wanted to visit the Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln Monuments (Memorials). It took more walking than I had guessed that it would and the reflecting pool for the Lincoln Memorial was drained, but I wasn’t too disappointed.
The last time I was here, I was disappointed with the photos that came home with. I think that I did better this time.
We were told by a friend that the funding for Colonial Williamsburg was about to be drastically reduced and that we should go soon if we wished to see it at it’s best. We walked all through the town, visiting the armory, Governor’s Mansion, and various crafter’s workshops.
We visited the historic church and graveyard on the way to the planned visit of the day. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is home to an extensive collection of American and English antiques, including furniture, textiles, tools, firearms, ceramics, silver, pewter, and clothing from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. There is also a history of the museum itself which was once a mental hospital.
SACRED ART AND COURTLY SPLENDOR OF SOUTH ASIA
The arts of South Asia and the Himalayas are closely intertwined with the subcontinent’s many religious traditions. This region, which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, is the birthplace of three major religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The Islamic kingdoms that were established in South Asia in the twelfth century brought new visual traditions to the subcontinent. The galleries’ South Asian and Himalayan collections illuminate these richly diverse sacred traditions as well as the secular arts of the Mughal and Rajput courts.