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When you went on family vacations, did you visit historic landmarks? Did your parents take you–or did you take your children–to Civil War battlefields, the restored houses of prominent Americans, and the sites where great events took place? Have you been to Colonial Williamsburg, Independence Hall, Plymouth Plantation, Lincoln’s Tomb, or Mt. Vernon? Have you seen the Liberty Bell, the U.S.S. Constitution, the Battleship Missouri? Have you been to presidential libraries, museums about national or local history, period villages populated by historical re-enactors?
We stopped at all kinds of places like that when I was growing up. We took our own kids to them. And to this day, when I am traveling by myself, I can’t resist a National Monument, whether it is an Indian burial ground or a Spanish Mission or a Revolutionary War site. I have looked up and tracked down the childhood addresses of Patsy Cline and T. S. Eliot; I have seen where the Osage murders were tried; I have visited the UFO sites in Roswell, New Mexico. I love it when a sense of history comes together with a sense of place.
Americans - Monuments - Landmarks - Article - M
But fewer and fewer Americans are visiting historical monuments and landmarks. So reports an article by M. Scott Mahaskey and Peter Canellos in Politico entitled Are Americans Falling Out of Love with Their Landmarks?
Colonial Williamsburg attracts half the visitors it did in the 1980s. Attendance at the Gettysburg Battlefield is at a 10 year low. Attendance is even down at the National Air and Space Museum–where you can see the Wright Brother’s first airplane! The Mercury space capsules! The moon lander!–which still attracts foreign visitors but a dwindling number of Americans.
Americans - Interest - Country - History - Writers
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