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At the Library of Congress

The Thomas Jefferson Building

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While I was in Washington, D.C. a few months ago, my family and I went into the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, the largest library on the face of this globe, and it is constantly growing.

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A few disappointing things for me included not being able to go into the huge research section of the Library (where a few scenes from National Treasure had been shot), not being permitted to use a tripod (or a selfie pole for that matter), as well as various photography/video restrictions. But I did manage to capture some cool shots anyway.

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There is some really stunning art and architecture of different forms incorporated into the design of the Library.

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I saw the word Theology in mosaics on one part of a ceiling. It reminded me of how the United States of America had been a Godly nation in its origin. And on the second floor, I found this undying quote which I later discovered was penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson, bringing to mind all that our Founding Fathers and the signers of the Declaration of Independence endured, labored, and fought for:

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This great line can also bring a fresh look to language and literature. It was amazing.

Posted by JohnTuttle 08:38 Archived in USA Tagged art architecture history us washington library dc jefferson washingtondc libraryofcongress districtofcolumbia Comments (0)

In Nauvoo, Illinois

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Last Sunday, while visiting family in Carthage, Illinois, we took some time to check out a Catholic high school auction in Nauvoo near the Mississippi River. Very close to the Saints Peter and Paul High School where the auction was being held, was the Mormon "House of the Lord" of Latter-Day Saints.

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Right by this building, there stands the local Catholic church.

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Directly across the street from the Mormon Temple stands a monument to Joseph Smith and his brother William Smith on horseback:

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Posted by JohnTuttle 19:27 Archived in USA Tagged peter school saints mormon catholic paul illinois nauvoo Comments (0)

A Visit to the Field Museum

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It was the weekend following that of Mother's Day this year when my parents, younger brother, and took a little over an hour drive to the Field Museum which is in Chicago, Illinois.

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From the outdoor appearance, you can already tell that it is an expansive building:

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Within the huge museum, members are able to take in a variety of art and exhibits regarding culture, history, prehistory, nature, and the sciences. My camera and I had a heyday there.

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If you're ever in the area, there are many amazing things to see in Chicago, the Field Museum definitely not the least among them.

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Posted by JohnTuttle 15:34 Archived in USA Tagged culture history chicago museum sights science Comments (0)

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