Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mural of the Erie Canal at Canastota

Today the trains fly through Canastota fast and elevated. The New York State Thruway skirts the north end of town, where there is an exit.

Back, way back (around 1825 to the early decades of the 20th century )the original Erie Canal put and kept Canastota on the map. 

Today most towns honor their segments of the Canal with parks, murals and museums. The state  improved the towpath for bicycles and walking. In Syracuse the Erie Canal Museum lives in the only remaining weighlock building in the United States.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Washington DC: National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is nearing completing and will open this Fall 2016. The photo is taken from the top of the nearby Washington Monument.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Washington DC: Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is a jewel box of tile work, not to mention the collections. Let me just amaze readers with numbers, taken from Wikipedia:
23,892,068 catalogued books in the Library of Congress Classification system; 
5,711 incunabula (books printed before 1500); 
14,067,260 monographs and serials, music, bound newspapers, pamphlets, technical reports, and other printed material;
and 122,810,430 items in the nonclassified (special) collections:
160,775,469 total Items
I had thought that I would find it but was still quite moved to learn that a copy of my grandmother Dorothy Leonard's small self-published book of poetry, Buttressed from Moonlight, is here and entered in the digital catalog. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Washington DC: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

I visited the zoo on a cold, rainy day, and the baby panda was not to be seen. 
Still the zoo offers a lovely Olmsted stroll.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Washington DC: Capital Grill

The Capital Grill is another successful repurposing of an historic facade. It is across from the Newseum at the corner of 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.