Commander and Chief
When George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States in 1789, he initially used the name, "His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties." Critics charged that it smacked of monarchy and Washington consented that the title be altered to "Mr. President."
Daily Events for Sunday, Mar 24th, 2013
- 03/02 9:00 am - 04/14 9:00 amBehind Enemy Lines
Behind Enemy Lines: Evasion and Escape Aids of World War II
March 2 – April 14, 2013
Lost in enemy territory, your best chance of survival fit in your pocket.
Soldiers forced down in enemy territory during World War II carried a secret weapon unlike anything seen before—evasion and escape aids. See the top-secret gadgets, maps and survival kits that kept soldiers alive behind enemy lines.
This exhibition was guest curated by R. E. Baldwin, author of “Last Hope: The Blood Chit Story.”
- 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm"Spirits of the Passage" exhibit gallery openThis humbling exhibition explores the circumstances of the transatlantic slave trade, gleaning facts and artifacts from the archaeological excavation of a sunken slave ship. Launching in February in conjunction with Black History Month, "Spirits of the Passage" includes real artifacts from slave ships as well as other period items. Iron shackles (some small enough to restrain a child), ivory tusks and brass bowls are only a few of the objects guests will find. How did the trade get started, who was involved and why did it thrive? These are some of the important questions this exhibition seeks to answer.
2nd floor, north gallery