Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new President and Civicfest

I cannot believe that November has come and the Electing the new president was a fascinating experience for my children. Discussing our government process and view was very exciting. We are thrilled that so many people were involved in the choosing of our new president. A friend from Virginia called on the phone and was crying for the truly important historic event.

Earlier we had had an opportunity to see Civicfest--the Presidential history exhibit at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the Republican National Convention in September. I had thought hard about not going to this great exhibit, but, thankfully we went. It was the final part of our vacation and we saw the detailed miniatures of the White House. We also got to pretend to take the oath of office. There was a great map of the Minnesota State parks, dishes and exhibits on every president of the United States, the mobile semi truck with Lincoln exhibits, the C-Span bus where they interview candidates, a flag exhibit, some information on the founding fathers who served under the Articles of Confederation--the precursor to the Constitution, an opportunity for children to cast a ballot on a real voting machine. It was great to see old presidential limos and a mock of air force one. What a wonderful day to learn about our government!

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