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Now that it’s fall here in Maine,  it’s hard to remember that the end of our Spring 2012 trip was largely consumed by trying to figure out how we could manage to get home to Wisconsin, in between huge tornadic storms. Here’s just a bit of what we saw, while working all of that out.  I wish I’d had the chance to write more about these sites, especially the  presidents and the outlaws (come on, there’s sometimes a difference), for our own memories. It was all so interesting. But anybody else who is reading this blog (wait – there is no one else reading this blog) is spared.   END OF SPRING TRIP 2012

Truman Home in Independence, KS

Eisenhower Boyhood Home – Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Abilene Kansas

Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City, KS

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We took a “simulated factory ride” at Taste of Hershey.  Not a Disney-quality ride, and not a factory tour.  Maybe if we’d brought kids along with us it would have been more fun, but I kind of doubt it – I think Chris had higher standards, even 20 years ago.

Gettysburg, on the other hand, is the real deal.  This time, we start with a tour of President Eisenhower’s home and farm.  A shuttle from the Visitor’s Center takes you to the site.

The only home Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower ever owned

Aside from all the obvious history, I enjoyed the fact that the President and First Lady liked to eat their dinner on tv trays on their informal porch, while watching the evening news with Walter Cronkite.  Krushchev, De Gaulle, and many other foreign dignitaries were entertained here.  I liked Ike’s way of getting a read on his new visitors – by taking them on an exhaustive tour of his farm, and his prize-winning Angus cattle.  After that, they were probably softened up enough, and not forced to watch the Eisenhowers favorite shows, “Bonanza” or “As the World Turns”, respectively.

I’ll never forget the film clip with President Eisenhower being interviewed by Walter Cronkite, where the President chokes up talking about how there must be a way to end war.  In this home, the only one that Ike and Mamie ever owned, there is absolutely no war memorabilia.

We spent the next day at the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center and Museum – probably the best overall Civil War Museum we’ve seen.  Just do it.

 

Dobbin House Tavern

Dinner was at Dobbin House Tavern, an authentic colonial tavern with delicious food  (we ate in the downstairs pub room -amazing crab dip appetizer, very tasty chicken dinner) lots of history, and a secret crawl space for runaway slaves, featured in “National Geographic”.

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