Over the course of the summer of 2010 our family put a lot of miles on the car. As long as we were traveling across the country we decided to help Joe with his Citizenship in the Nation Merit badge for Boyscouts by visiting state capitols and historic sites along the way.
Michigan State capitol rotunda.
I loved the flowers at the Michigan State Capitol.
Lincoln's home town Springfield, Illinois. Don't you love Joe's Union cap? We got it for him so that he could wear it for hat day at school. How cool is that!
Lincoln's writing desk.
Lincoln's bed with one of Mary Lincoln's dresses. The dresses were made with Arsenic back in the day. Unfortunately they were toxic to the upper class women who wore them. Many of the women experienced severe mental problems, probably as a result from the toxicity of their clothing.
When we got outside of Lincoln's house we asked the gardeners if we could pick one of the apples from the tree in the yard. Joe got the apple. We tried eating it but it was mealy. It smelled great though.
View of Lincoln's house.
State Capitol of Illinois.
Joe and I welcoming the World on behalf of Illinois.
State Capitol of Texas in Austin.
Joe and LBJ.
Rotunda of Texas
Joe and Sam Houston.