I've been making more of an effort to see some of the area's smaller and less well-known historic sites and museums. I imagine that it's pretty challenging to complete with the blockbuster exhibits at the Smithsonian or the "pay" venues like the International Spy Museum or the Newsmuseum.
On this list is Anderson House which is a nondescript building on Embassy Row. I'd always assumed that this was an embassy or club, except for the statue of George Washington up front. The experience was very old school, in that the museum and exhibits were based on the huge and eclectic collection of art and furniture that the occupants left in the house. Interestingly, the original owners knew they were not having children so they left everything to the society. And the association's membership is limited to descendants of the original founders who are from the original 13 colonies and...France.
I also visited the temporary digs for the African American Civil War Museum, located on U Street a couple of blocks down from the monument itself. For the moment the museum is housed in a small room on the ground floor of an office building, but it was packed with Civil War memorabilia. If you've ever hankered to hold a pair of shackles, this is the place to go. The museums is expected to move to a new building in September and hopefully there'll be a lot more room for exhibits.
I continue my lucky streak of winning free tickets, so a friend of mine and I went to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company Hollywood show. It was hilarious, and I can only admire the three actors who managed to re-create scenes from 100+ movies including the slow-mo segment from "The Matrix."
It was hilarious, and I can only admire the three actors who managed to re-create scenes from 100+ movies including the slow-mo segment from "The Matrix."
They were on Talk of The Nation today. I enjoyed that segment of the show. :)