March, 12th 2011
Before we go for the real White House tour, we went to one of nearby museum called National Society of Daughters of American Revolution. The member of this organization is any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-which can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The organization purposes are promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
First time we came here, we were greeted by one old lady who’s going to be our guide for building tour. She was warm, talkative and informative at the same time. I wanted her to be my grandma. Then, she started showing us the genealogy library that they had. It was big room with big book racks standing in orderly manner, people come there to find information about their ancestry.
After that, she brought us to see different style of housing interior of each state, in the early settlement time. There were California and Texas style room which is a combination of Asian, Mexico and Europe culture. The eastern part, represented by New York, Maine and New Hampshire were dominated with Europe culture in the interiors design.
There was also a replica of Hall of Independence; she explained to us history behind sun symbol on one of the chair. According to her, once time Benjamin Franklin asked people what’s the meaning of that sun symbol engraved on one of the chair. The symbol itself is looks like a half sun. Benjamin Franklin then said it depends on your perception; it could be sunrise or sunset and that exactly what you can do with this country. You can make it as bright as morning sunshine or as sunset, which start to get darker and finally be gone in the dark of night. That’s a simple analogy but it’s really true, what every citizen does, affects the country as a whole.