Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Catching up With Blog Posts

One thing that I have learned this summer is that the longer I go between posting, the harder it is to make myself sit down and write! So I apologize for the long breaks between postings. As we prepare to get back on the road, I will be writing much more often.

GrandCamp session 4 with Jillian and Eve (four-year-old cousins) was a great success. Bob and I will admit, now that it is behind us, to a bit of trepidation in planning this session. Neither Eve nor Jillian have done overnights with us before, and we weren't sure if there would be separation issues. We are happy to report that we had no tears at all!

We had been watching the weather all week, with rain and excessive heat threatening. So when Saturday morning dawned with clouds but no actual rain forecast, we were indeed "happy campers!" The four of us headed off to Lake Atsion in Shamong Township for a day of play.

We played on the Jungle Gym...

...had a picnic under the trees... and went swimming! I took no photos of our swim time because there's pretty much no way to take pictures while holding a small child's hand in the water.

I think we tired them out pretty well, because they put themselves to bed early.

The next morning Bob and I gathered up our charges and headed off to Paws Farm in Mt Laurel, where they visited the animals and played.

We returned home for a quick lunch before Jillian left for home. Eve stayed a little longer so we had time to visit the Discovery Museum, using our reciprocal musem pass to get in free.

Eve and her Pop enjoyed broadcasting in the news studio while I ran the camera. There were so many children running around that the noise level was pretty high, and Bob and I were happy to leave after a couple of hours. Eve sure had fun, though!

Besides GrandCamp, Bob and I had a very nice lunch with his Cousin Mary, down at the shore. It's always fun hanging out with Mary, and we look forward to it every year.

My physical therapy sessions have been going well. I am being fitted with a knee brace to help me when doing a lot of walking and stair-climbing, but I've been very faithful with my home exercises and will be continuing after PT is finished this Friday.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours planning out our trip to Iowa, on our way to the Dakotas. We have campgrounds all lined up for that leg of the journey, and next I'll make reservations for the travel after Iowa.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Session 3 of GrandCamp

Early this month I was able to meet up with my good friend, April, and catch up on what was happening in our lives. April and I have known each other for many years, through Spin-Ins at the South Jersey Guild of Spinning and Weaving. Later on, we were co-presidents of SJGSW and together we founded the Small Looms Group, which continues today.

I have been kicking myself for not getting a photo of the two of us! But we sure had fun.

Later in the week Bob and I got together with our friends Joan and John who live part of the year in Las Cruces and the other part of the year in Pennsylvania. We had a yummy meal in Doylestown, and the restaurant even created a vegan dish for me. This time I remembered the photo.

Its always fun getting together with Joan and John.

Then it was time for GrandCamp with Adam and Alex, both ten years old now.

The Academy of Natural Sciences was a big hit. This place features education about dinosaurs. The boys loved making a film with the two of them and dinosaurs.

They did some digging in an archeological dig, set up for the kiddos.

And they each got to touch a snake. I was proud of them!

The next day we visited the aquarium in Camden, NJ. Here, Adam is looking at seahorses...

...and Alex was able to pet a shark. Such fun!

I was fascinated with the hippos.

The boys also were able to test their skills in miniature golf and got to go swimming at Atsion Lake. A fun time was had by all.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

GrandCamp with Rob

This week Bob and I had the pleasure of hosting our eldest grandson, Rob, for GrandCamp. We packed a lot into our time together.

We visited Valley Forge, PA, and spent some time in 1777 with the Father of our Country...

...here seen astride his favorite horse, Blueskin. According to the text describing the lifesized model,
"(George Washington) knows that he must continue to lead by example...if he is to retain (his troops') respect and motivate them to stay the course." Washington was a true leader.

Remind you of anyone???

Scattered around the grounds of this park are small cabins that were used to house Washington's men during that fateful winter.

The next day we rode the Patco train into Philadelphia and got off at 8th and Market St. A short walk brought us to the Philadelphia Mint.

We learned how coins were made--a fascinating process. The Mint offers a free, self-guided tour.

After the tour, the three of us walked to Reading Terminal Market where we enjoyed the atmosphere and a great lunch. I tried the chana masala from Nanee's Kitchen, and loved it.

GrandCamp isn't complete without going miniature golfing and going swimming at Atsion Lake.

Rob's putting has greatly improved since last year, and we were impressed by his concentration and attention to details. We found the course at Winslow Golf Center a bit more challenging than some of the other mini-golf courses in this area.

Bob and I have a week off between Rob and the next two campers. Our time here in NJ is just flying by!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GrandCamp Opens

Friday morning at 6:45 am, I got an alert on my phone: Tornado warning. I never paid a lot of attention to alerts like these when we lived in a house. We were steps from a windowless room in the basement where we would be safe. But we are a lot more vulnerable in the tin box in which we live now. So Bob and I scooped up our two grandchildren, Quinn and Ben, waking them from a sound sleep, and ran through the driving rain to my daughter's house next door. In a mere fifteen minutes, the threat had passed, Quinn's tears had been dried, and we were able to return to our home on wheels.

Quinn and Ben have been enjoying what we like to call "GrandCamp" this week. They get to sleep over, go fun places, and try new foods (tamarinds) and old favorites (s'mores) that are saved for visits with Grandma and Pop.

Quinn enjoyed learning how to weave on an inkle loom.

Franklin Institute was a big hit!

They made new friends at Atsion Lake.

At Insectropolis in Toms River, NJ they were able to pet a millipede, a hissing cockroach, a scorpion, and a tarantula.

They enjoyed a rousing game of miniature golf.

And they capped off their GrandCamp by going to Eve's fourth birthday party at a pool. Whew! We have the evening off, then we will have our eldest grandchild, Rob, for a few days. It's early to bed for us tonight!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Busy in NJ

It has been a long time since my last post and I apologize for the break. What have we been doing?

Bob tweaked my table-top loom stand, giving it a sturdy base for clamping it to the surface.


Much better than the previous base.

Our eldest grandson, Rob, graduated from middle school, and we went to his graduation.

We went out to eat at Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse where the meats just keep coming to your table.

Bob and I spent a day working on son Tim's house. Bob insulated and put up sheetrock while my daughter in law, Bernie, and I painted the living room. And Rob learned to use a palm sander, smoothing trim-work.

I donated blood one morning.

We had a French-Toast brunch with Emily at Kristen's house.

Bob and I went to several doctors appointments, getting our annual exams out of the way. Good news--we are healthy!

So, as you can see, we have been very busy. Later this week we start GrandCamp with the little ones. We have not done any socializing with local friends at all, but hope to catch up with folks in July when GrandCamp ends.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Our First Week in NJ

It has been a lovely week here in NJ. We arrived here on Tuesday afternoon, and soon the children and grandchildren gathered to welcome us back. We enjoyed pizzas and wineritas, and caught up on everyone's doings. The neighbors welcomed us, too, stopping us on the street to say hello.

On Wednesday, Bob and I went househunting with Catherine and Michael. They came close to buying a house a month or so ago, but something didn't feel right about it and so they wisely backed out of the deal. But this house felt just right to them, and their offer was accepted by the sellers. We are hoping that we can help move them in, but it might be after we leave in August.

We have had some problems with our Splendide washing machine; it stopped working, offering us an "H2O" code and an "F1" code as well. We put in a call to the repairman but the news was not good. Our washer needed a new motherboard, which would be quite expensive to replace. Fortunately, Camping World was running a sale on new Splendide washers, so off we drove to Swedesboro to pick up a new one. Bob and Jason wrestled the old one out and the new one in, and before too long we were able to wash clothes again. It's the little things that make us happy.

On Saturday, daughters Kristen and Emily, and daughter in law Bernie came over and we had a mother-daughter day. What fun! Catherine wasn't able to come but next time we'll make it happen. We started out in Haddonfield, where we ate brunch in The British Chip Shop, along with a troup of reenactors dressed as redcoats in the British army.

They burst into song at one point with a spirited rendition of "God Save the King." I enjoyed my Welsh Rarebit and had a spot of tea. Delightful!

We went into most of the shops in town before heading over to Collinswood to shop some more. We MIGHT have stopped to eat again once or twice, keeping up our strength to shop.

On Sunday, Bob made a prototype of a tabletop loom stand for my Ashford Knitters Looms. We will continue to perfect it, since setting it up and trying it out.

I'd like to be able to stand while weaving, in the hopes that it will be easier on my back. We shall see.

This week we will be busy with doctors' appointments and running errands.

Monday, May 29, 2017

And the Band Played On...

We had it all planned out. I called CoachNet at 7:00 am and asked them to send out a tow truck to pull us out of the mud. At 7:40 the tow truck operator called and said he was on his way. Wow! We were going to get an early start! We quickly took showers and secured everything, then pulled in our slide outs. And at 8:00 antique cars started pouring into the campground. A marching band showed up, as well as a color guard and several horseback riders.

A parade. Oh that's right, this is Memorial Day. It took the tow truck until after 9:00 am to arrive because the driver kept running into blocked-off parade routes. At which point, the parade departed. The actual towing took about five minutes.

As you can see, the tow truck operator hooked into our hitch and pulled us backwards, with the help of Bob at the wheel. We left some serious divots in their grass.

A few hours later we pulled in to Glades Pike Winery in Somerset, PA. This is a Harvest Hosts winery, where we can boondock for a night without charge. We took a tasting and bought a bottle of wine as a "thank you" to our hosts. We had a lovely view here.

On Tuesday morning Bob and I drove to NJ, where we will be staying for the next two months. We get to hang out with our children and grandchildren!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday at the Fiber Fest

Today was a bit more relaxed than Saturday. Although we had a lot of clouds, the rain held off, with threatening weather having kept some people home. Bob and I roamed the Fiber Festival and had a chance to chat with a lot of the vendors. I was able to spend some time hanging out with our friends Jen and Scott of TurtleMade, who make 3D spindles and fiber tools.

I first met Jen in person at this same event two years ago and we've been Ravelry friends ever since. These busy folks always have something new to share and lots of ideas for new items. If you are looking for a fun spindle for Tour de Fleece (a loosly organized spinning event that coincides with the Tour de France) you may want to check out their Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/turtlemade, although give them a day or so to take a breath after this weekend and to restock their online store.

Bob spent much of the afternoon replacing a couple of LED ceiling lights and putting a light switch in my side of the closet. He's so handy, that hubby of mine. :)

Tomorrow we will get ourselves out of the mud and drive to Pennsylvania where we'll spend one more night before arriving in New Jersey. It will be so good to see the kids and grandkids again!

Saturday at the Fiber Fest

Despite gloomy weather forecasts, the sun kept trying to peek out from behind clouds yesterday. Crowds were heavy at times, and customers were buying. It was a very good day for buyers and sellers.

On Friday I posted a photo of one of the vendor areas that seemed far from ready, but by Saturday morning everything was in place. This photo was taken before the sales area was open. There are five buildings, with up to three aisles each, full of fiberlicious fun, as well as an outside vendor area. Plus sheep and alpacas to visit. It's a lot of fun to be camping here and see everything from the vendor's viewpoint. And I love waking up to the sounds of sheep in the morning.

This gal was very curious about the bag I was carrying, hoping for a treat, I am sure.

I managed to find some treasures to bring home. I got a dozen bone tablets for tablet weaving, yarn for an upcoming knitting project, and this delightful nano turkish spindle from my friend, Jen, at Turtlemade. Jen and her husband, Scott, have a 3D printer that they use to create the coolest spinning tools. I bought a micro spindle two years ago from them--they are great little spinners. And I love that you can mix and match to make your own color combination.

Today I will wander around the festival some more, we'll probably go grocery shopping, and we will get ready to be towed out of our muddy spot in preparation for tomorrow's trip to Pennsylvania. We plan to be at our daughter's house in NJ by Tuesday afternoon.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Great Lakes Fiber Festival

We have been moving pretty quickly across Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio over the last couple of days, stopping only in Lafayette, IN for a night. We arrived in Wooster, OH on Thursday afternoon, checked in, drove to our site, and promptly became mired in the mud. It's been raining a lot here! It looks like we'll need to call CoachNet, our towing company, to pull us back onto solid ground before we leave, but we aren't sweating it. That's what they are there for, and we are where we want to be for the next several days.

The fiber show doesn't officially open until tomorrow morning. So today Bob and I drove to Lehman's, about 20 minutes away. Have you heard of this place? My friend, April, told us about it when we came through here two years ago, but at the time we didn't have a chance to go. All I can say is, this is one cool store.

Mere words cannot describe this place. It has room after room after room of interesting things. Things for your kitchen, for your workshop, for outdoor use, toys, soap making supplies, bread making supplies, natural remedies, crocks for making sauerkraut, soap nuts for the laundry, and so much more. This place caters to the Amish, with non-electrical tools and gadgets. We had a lot of fun wandering through this place, and you don't want to go if time is limited. Look at the kitchen appliances you can buy here:

And this ginormous charcoal grill. Perfect if you have fifteen children!

Some items were whimsical, like this dog's drinking bowl, a scaled-down toilet.

What pooch doesn't dream of that!

On our way back to the campsite we went into the Everything Rubbermaid store. Four floors of every item Rubbermaid makes. We found a new dish drainer and a rubber spatula before having a nice conversation with the cashier about visiting Waco, TX.

We walked through the vendor area at the Fiber Fest when we returned. People are still setting up.

Tomorrow, though, this barn and two more will be jam packed full of yarn, fiber, spindles, needles, spinning wheels, looms, and people. I cannot wait! I did have a chance to spin on a Louet Hatbox wheel that is for sale, but I love my Ashford Joy so I'm sticking with what I have.

Stay tuned for more about the Fiber Fest...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Presidential Libraries & Museums

I am often asked how many presidential museums there are. Before President Franklin D. Roosevelt, papers and other artifacts accumulated by a president were his own personal property. They could be destroyed, lost, sold for profit, or tucked away in an attic somewhere. FDR established a public repository to preserve the evidence of the Presidency for future generations. He created the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA,) which runs the 14 presidential libraries and museums from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama. Funds to create and to maintain these libraries are raised through private donations rather than through tax monies. However, there are many, many other museums, historical parks, and sites to visit if you are interested in presidential history. Here is a list of the ones I have found through searching online.

U.S.A. Presidential Museums & Libraries

*Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Hodgenville, Kentucky
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Abraham Lincoln Museum, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee (Abraham Lincoln)
*Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A.
(Presidential Library & Biographical & US Presidential Museum [Abraham Lincoln])
*Adams National Historic Site, Quincy, Massachusett (John & John Quincy Adams)
*Adams National Historic Site-John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplace, Quincy, Massachusetts
(John & John Quincy Adams)
*Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Greeneville, Tennessee
(Andrew Johnson)
*Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox, Virginia
(Ulysses S. Grant)
*Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville, Virginia
(James Monroe)
*Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia
(William Henry Harrison)
*Bill Clinton Birthplace, Hope, Arkansas
(William J. Clinton)
*Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Inc. (The), Plymouth, Vermont
(Calvin Coolidge)
*Calvin Coolidge Memorial Room, Forbes Library (The), Northampton, Massachusetts
(Calvin Coolidge)
*Dey Mansion/Washington's Headquarters Museum, Wayne, New Jersey
(George Washington)
*Dwight D. Eisenhower Library-Museum, Abilene, Kansas
(Dwight D. Eisenhower)
*Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Park, Denison, Texas
( Dwight D. Eisenhower)
*Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
(Dwight D. Eisenhower)
*Fort Jackson Museum, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
(Andrew Jackson)
*Franklin D. Roosevelt Library-Museum, Hyde Park, New York
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)
*Franklin Pierce Homestead (The), Hillsborough, New Hampshire
(Franklin Pierce)
*Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York, New York
(George Washington)
*General Grant National Memorial, New York, New York
(Ulysses S. Grant)
*George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, Texas
(George Bush)
*George Washington Birthplace National Monument, WashingtonÌs Birthplace, Virginia
(George Washington)
*George Washington Headquarters, Cumberland, Maryland
(George Washington)
*George Washington Masonic Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia
(George Washington)
*George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia
(Presidential George Washington)
*Gerald R. Ford Library-Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Gerald R. Ford)
*Grant's Birthplace State Memorial, Point Pleasant, Ohio
(Ulysses S. Grant)
*Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell, New Jersey
(Grover Cleveland)
*Harding Home and Museum, Marion, Ohio
(Warren G. Harding)
*Harry S. Truman Birthplace State Historic Site, Lamar, Missouri
(Harry S. Truman)
*Harry S. Truman Library-Museum, Independence, Missouri
(Harry S. Truman)
*Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, Independence, Missouri
(Harry S. Truman)
*Harry S. Truman National Historic Site - Truman Farm Home, Grandview, MO
(U.S. Presidential Museum [Harry S. Truman])
*Harry S. Truman Office & Courtroom, Independence, Missouri
(Harry S. Truman)
*Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, West Branch, Iowa
(Herbert Hoover])
*Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch, Iowa
(Herbert Hoover)
*Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson (The), Hermitage, Tennessee (Andrew Jackson)
*Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)
*James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor, Ohio
(James A. Garfield)
*James Buchanan Birthplace State Park, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
*James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
(James Buchanan)
*James K. Polk Ancestral Home, Columbia, Tennessee
(James K. Polk)
*James K. Polk Memorial State Historic Site, Pineville, North Carolina
(James K. Polk
*James Madison Museum (The), Orange, Virginia
(James Madison)
*James Monroe Museum and Memorial LibraryFredericksburg, Virginia
(James Monroe)
*Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (The), Atlanta, Georgia
(Jimmy Carter)
*Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Georgia
(Jimmy Carter)
*John F. Kennedy Presidential Library-Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
(John F. Kennedy)
*John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site,Brookline, Massachusetts
(John F. Kennedy)
*Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, Indiana
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, Indiana
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield, Kentucky
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Park, Lerna, Illinois
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Redlands, California
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln Museum (The), Fort Wayne, Indiana
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, Illinois
(Abraham Lincoln)
*Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge, Massachusetts
(George Washington)
*Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Johnson City, Texas
(Lyndon Baines Johnson)
*Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, Texas
(Lyndon Baines Johnson)
*Martin van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook, New York
(Martin van Buren)
*McKinley Museum & McKinley National Memorial, Canton, Ohio
(William McKinley)
*Millard Fillmore House, East Aurora, New York
(Millard Fillmore)
*Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson/Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia
(Thomas Jefferson)
*Montpelier, Montpelier,Virginia
(James Madison)
*Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York, New York
(George Washington)
*Mount Vernon LadieÌs Association of the Union, Mount Vernon, Virginia
(George Washington)
*National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, Niles, Ohio
(William McKinley)
*Pierce Manse (The), Concord, New Hampshire
(Franklin Pierce)
*Plymouth Notch Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont
(Calvin Coolidge)
*Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace (The), Yorba Linda, California
(Richard Nixon)
*Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, Dixon, Illinois (Ronald Reagan)
*Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, California
(Ronald Reagan)
*Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, Lubec, Maine
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)
*Rotunda, University of Virginia (The), Charlottesville, Virginia
(Thomas Jefferson)
*Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center (The), Fremont, Ohio
(Rutherford B. Hayes)
*Sherwood Forest Plantation, Charles City, Virginia
(John Tyler)
*Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York, New York
(Theodore Roosevelt)
*Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Buffalo, New York
(Theodore Roosevelt)
*Theodore Roosevelt National Park-Visitor Center, Medora, North Dakota
(Theodore Roosevelt)
*Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest, Virginia
(Thomas Jefferson)
*Tuckhaoe Plantation (Mansion), Richmond, Virginia
(Thomas Jefferson)
*Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, Wilton, New York
(Ulysses S. Grant)
*Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
(George Washington)
*Van Cortlandt House Museum, The Bronx, New York
*Historic House & U.S. Presidential Museum [George Washington]
*Washington's Boyhood Home, Ferry Farm, Falmouth, Virginia
(George Washington)
*Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, New York
(George Washington)
*White House (The), Washington, District of Columbia (US Presidential Museum: Presidential Residence)
*William H. Harrison Museum, Grouseland, Vincennes, Indiana
(William H. Harrison)
*William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati, Ohio
(William Howard Taft)
*William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, Little Rock, AR, U.S.A.
(Monographic & US Presidential Museum [William J. Clinton])
*Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum, Staunton, Virginia
(Woodrow Wilson)
*Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, Columbia, South Carolina
(Woodrow Wilson)
*Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, District of Columbia
(Woodrow Wilson)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Today Bob and I were in Springfield, Illinois to visit the Lincoln Museum. We were quite impressed with this museum. Unlike many we have seen that cater to the adult scholar, this museum presents history in a way to which all ages can relate. Throughout the exhibits are life-sized figures depicting Lincoln's life, many of which you may walk through.

The cabin in Little Pigeon Creek, IN where Lincoln's mother died. After his father remarried, Abe and his sister shared the one room cabin with his father, stepmother, a step sister and two stepbrothers.

Lincoln's debate with US Senator Stephen A. Douglas gave Abe a national reputation. Although he lost the Senate election, Lincoln became the dark horse candidate for president in 1860.

This poster explains the voting results for the 1860 election. With only 39% of the popular vote, Lincoln was very unpopular.

Mary Todd Lincoln was also unpopular in Washington DC society. She was patronized for her alleged western vulgarity and accused of extravagance when restoring genuine elegance to a shabby White House.

Here we are hanging out with Abe, Mary, and their sons Robert, Tad and Willie.

The Emancipation Proclamation, it was pointed out to us, did not actually emancipate anyone. The south, which had slaves, had already seceded. The north, which was under Lincoln's control, had no slaves. It did not apply to slaves in border states fighting on the Union side nor did it affect slaves in southern states already under the Union's control. But it did show the world that the civil war was now being fought to end slavery. The passage of the 13th Amendment on December 18, 1865 ended slavery.

Lincoln was re-elected for a second term but was assassinated at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth (seen slipping through a door at the right of this scene.)

Since it has been many, many years since we studied Lincoln in grade school, this was a fascinating look at the life of one of our most famous Presidents. We really liked this museum.

Tomorrow we move on to Indiana.