Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2008

President’s Park

March 13, 2008

This 20-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln is located in President's Park. Also in the park are similar statues for 43 other former presidents.

This 20-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln is located in President's Park. Also in the park are similar statues for 43 other former presidents.

Last week we took a trip to Williamsburg, Va., and learned about the first 400 years of our country's history, from Jamestown to Yorktown and everything in between. Each of these places has wonderful museums, movies and reenactments that really tell the whole story of our country's beginning. Several people mentioned a place called President's Park, which we had never heard of. It is located about 20 miles east of Williamsburg, and we decided to take a look. I could not believe what I saw.

It is the newest educational museum featuring magnificent 18-to 20-foot-tall statues of all 43 presidents of the United States of America. It is a walking tour that you can do on your own and take as long as you want. It took us several hours and that really wasn't enough time. There is also a replica of Air Force One in the center of the park.

I was totally in awe of these works of art. The artist, David Adickes, is nationally known and has artwork in 10 major art museums across America.

The park has a board of directors that represent educators of elementary and secondary education. The first objective was to assist with the educational stance; the park would define for each represented president and proceed with curriculum objectives and lesson plans. This is a "must see" for all school children and adults.

Each president has his own story about his education, his family, his hardships and successes during his time in office. We left the park feeling more connected to the executive office of the presidency.

One interesting thing we learned about John Quincy Adams is that he studied in the Netherlands at age 11, went on a diplomatic mission to Russia as a language interpreter at age 14 and negotiated a treat with Sweden at age 15. He was fluent in six different languages and was the only president to have a pet alligator. Wow!

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