When I first moved to DC for grad school the Smithsonian displayed the Sunstone from the Nauvoo Temple. I'd just joined the church and so had my photo taken in front of the pedestal. Then it disappeared. I went to the National Museum of American History over the weekend and the Sunstone was back on display as part of the American Stories exhibit. I always felt like the Sunstone's smile had a Mona Lisa quality about it.
I actually went to see the Little Golden Books exhibit. I had a few when I was little, but the ones in the exhibit were really old. Surprisingly some of the books were used for product placement (i.e. a sample Band-Aid in the book about working as a doctor) and not surprisingly reinforced the prevailing gender stereotypes, as well as showing kids post-war developments, i.e. a series on transportation and construction.
I went on to the Genome exhibit. I thought the exhibit was very non-specialist friendly - while covering the hard science, many of the displays also took the personal, human side, such as interviews with people suffering from various ailments, genealogy, and where freckles come from. When I exited I stumbled upon the Korea Gallery tucked next to the back staircase. I've been to the airport several times in transit (there's a direct flight from Dulles to Seoul) but have never really spent time in-country. My knowledge stems from Korean-American friends, friends who served missions there, and occasionally the Korean film festival. I enjoyed the exhibit thought it was small, and there was one wall which featured Koreans in other countries, including Kazakhstan. I wish the exhibit had replicas of the Buddhist animal statues in the airport. They are quite a sight when one is delirious from a long flight.
Closer to home, we attended the Southwest Duck Pond open house, where we saw a friend and neighbor staffing the local library's table, and where we bought Girl Scout cookies. I also visited with my DC mommy group on Friday. Our numbers are dwindling as we all slowly return to work; only one mommy has decided to stay home full-time. MoBob, Baby Z, and I also went to the nearest Carter's store to exchange some items that MB had gotten at the outlet and to take advantage of a big sale. I grudgingly admit there is a lot of cute stuff for boys though I did longingly stroll through the girls' section.