Newseum visit brings Thanksgiving thoughts into sharper focus

All it takes is an intense walk through the Newseum in Washington DC to get a mega dose reminder that we have a lot to be thankful for no matter what the economy has personally wrought in 2010

Watch the news coverage as it happens in the Newseum atrium

Watch the news coverage as it happens in the Newseum atrium

As the capital of the United States, Washington D.C. is a destination for people around the globe who want to see the White House, US Capitol Building, the city’s monuments and the museums that line the Mall.

However, for a close up look at events that have impacted individuals and the nation, enter 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Snap the outside and inside of the stunning building that is the Newseum, then prepare to shed a few tears and also smile while exploring this museum that showcases the headlines.

Katrina devastation is a story about a natural disaster where relief came too late to help many victims and about towns that continue to need aid

Katrina devastation was a story about a natural disaster where relief came too late to help many victims and about towns that continue to need aid

Take the all-glass express elevator from the concourse (basement) level up to level 6 to see the devastation of Katrina. The help, so desperately needed by the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, was so slow in coming that conditions went from bad to catastrophic.

As Thanksgiving approaches consider finding out how the people of the Big Easy and neighboring towns are coping and how to donate money or goods. The Katrina exhibit is up now through Sept. 5, 2011.

While on six, pull out the camera or cell phone to snap Washington’s famous sights and street from the Newseum Terrace.

Walk down to Level 5 to read about events that outraged readers or captured their hearts.

Take time to see the “Press and the Civil Rights Movement” narrated by Gwen Ifill in Theater 5.

Explore  galleries and exhibits on all six levels. They showcase news coverage of attacks on democracy such as two world wars and 9/11 and news reports of numerous struggles regarding rights under the US Constitution and its amendments. And they include artifacts of attempts to cutoff democracy such as a large piece of the Berlin Wall.

A Newseum visit reinforces the importance of the US Constitution, its amendments and freedom of the press

A Newseum visit reinforces the importance of the US Constitution, its amendments and freedom of the press

Arguably, the Newseum might move visitors who live in a democratic nation to add that to their list of things to be thankful for when they sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.

Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC 2001, 888-639-7386

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