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Gettysburg Eternal Light Peace Memorial Outages Expected

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 18, 2019 10:17:32 AM

Gettysburg National Military Park announced that the Eternal Light Peace Memorial will undergo upgrades to the natural gas lines inside the memorial during the next few weeks.  What will that mean for visitors heading to Gettsyburg this month?

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Topics: Gettysburg

Poe Museum Commemorates 170th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Death

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 16, 2019 11:15:35 AM

This October marks the 170th anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's death and also the 170th anniversary of the publication of his famous poem "Annabel Lee," published just two weeks after his death.  Richmond, Virginia is home to the Poe Museum where visitors have access to the most comprehensive Poe collection in the world.  But did you also know that the museum is also home to two black cats?  Read on for more information about this uniquely fun museum in the historic city of Richmond.

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Topics: Richmond, VA, Poe Museum

Application Window Open for the Road Scholarship for Need-Based Travel Assistance

Teachers, Administrators, and Program Leaders now have the opportunity through November 15, 2019 to nominate students in grades K-12 for the Student and Youth Travel Assocation's (SYTA) Youth Foundation's Road Scholarship.  Learn more about this opportunity to assist student travelers in financial need.  

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Topics: Scholarships, Benefits of Student Travel

Temporary Closings and Construction Coming to Air and Space Museum

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 11, 2019 11:09:43 AM

Tour groups visiting the National Air and Space Museum in D.C. this fall should be aware of a few updates due to renovations to the museum.  Be sure to check out what galleries are temporarily closing and which of your favorites will still be open during renovations this fall.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., National Air and Space Museum

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anna Wintour, Jeff Bezos Join Portrait Gallery

Here is an exclusive look at the six newest portraits being added to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. this November!  


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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, School Trip to D.C., Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

'If You See Something, Say Something' Awareness Day

The TSA has designated September 25th as National "If You See Something, Say Something" Awareness Day. 


The campaign works with partners year-round to inspire, empower and educate the public on suspicious activity reporting.  The campaign has identified indicators of terrorism-related suspicious activity - and urges us all to learn the signs and learn how we can all play a role.  

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Topics: Airport Travel

Special Exhibition Opens at Museum of the American Revolution

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Sep 23, 2019 11:15:34 AM

A new special exhibition is opening this weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.  The exhibit is set to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of soldiers in both the American and Irish Revolutions through the artwork of artist Richard St. George.

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Topics: Philadelphia, Museum of the American Revolution

Washington Monument Reopens After Three Year Renovation

Exciting news for anyone traveling to Washington, D.C. this fall!  After three years of extensive renovations, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. has reopened to the public for the first time since 2016.  

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Washington DC in the Fall, School Trip to D.C., Washington Monument

Mock Flight Program Helps Kids Reach New Heights

For many students, traveling by airplane is an exciting adventure, filled with an array of sights, sounds, and new experiences.  But for some of our students, particularly those with sensory sensitivities or autism, air travel is a source of discomfort, anxiety and debilitating fear.  One airline, however, is on a mission to ease those anxieties. 

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Topics: Airport Travel

National Pentagon Memorial to Close for Extensive Repairs

The National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial is set to close for repairs beginning on September 16th and will remain closed until repairs are completed by the end of May 2020.  

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Topics: Pentagon Memorial

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