2004 MAPLD International Conference
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
September 8-10, 2004
Some Local Attractions and Museums
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution Home Page
Challenger Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery
- Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Information - Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial
- The Shuttle Challenger Memorial
Pax River Naval Air Museum
The Pax River Naval Air Museum is dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the evolving technology of Naval Aviation. The Air Museum's concentration on the history of the research, development, testing and evaluation of Naval Aviation systems and sub-systems, makes it unique among all the aviation museums nationwide. In addition, the Museum is responsible for placing the Naval Air Station in its historical context in relation to St. Mary's County, and to the world of aviation in general.
The United States Naval Observatory
The U.S. Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the country. Established in 1830 as the Depot of Charts and Instruments, its primary mission was to care for the U.S. Navy's chronometers, charts and other navigational equipment. Today, the U.S. Naval Observatory is the preeminent authority in the areas of time keeping and celestial observing; determining and distributing the timing and astronomical data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy.
The U.S. Naval Observatory serves as the official source of time for the Department of Defense and the standard of time for the United States. The atomic clock timescale of the Observatory is based on an ensemble of cesium-beam frequency standards and hydrogen masers.
USNO Tour Information
Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchel Center
This museum is in New York and has recently opened. It's about a 5 hour drive from the Washington, D.C. area. Long Island and Grumman have a long history of aviation. Grumman was also the site where the LEM was designed and built for Apollo as well as aircraft such as the F-14.
Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility - Home Page - Closing in August 2003
The Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility is where the National Air and Space Museum preserves and stores aircraft, spacecraft, and other artifacts, and restores these artifacts to represent a specific period in their history.
The facility is a no-frills assembly of about 32 metal buildings belonging to the National Air and Space Museum and other Smithsonian organizations. About 19 buildings are crammed full of airplanes, spacecraft, and various parts. One building is devoted to a large restoration shop and 3 buildings are for exhibition production. You will visit 5 of these buildings on a tour.
Each artifact at the Garber Facility has a story behind it. Some are notable for a certain historical role they played or for a particular accomplishment; some represent a technological milestone or stage of aeronautical development; some are the sole surviving example of their type. Often an artifact is worth collecting for a combination of reasons.
To see the facility we prefer that you make reservations for Tours in advance! Visitors see approximately 140 aircraft as well as spacecraft, engines, propellers, models, and other flight-related objects in four buildings. Guides conduct tours that include a behind-the-scenes look at the workshop where all phases of the restoration process are handled from fabric work to rebuilding engines. Please note that some artifacts may not be viewed in their entirety as they are in storage and may not be assembled or in full view. The listings that we have provided here are general because objects are sometimes moved around.
I N T E R N A T I O N A L . S P Y . M U S E U M
Spies in D.C.: Washington, D.C. is the spy capital of the world. It has always been a hotbed of espionage activity. Presidents from George Washington on have excelled at or ignored the need to gather intelligence--with expected results. Spies have walked the halls of foreign embassies, intelligence agencies, and government offices since the city was born.
But today, "there are more foreign spies in Washington, D.C. than in any other city in the world," said the former chief of the FBI's Washington Field Office. Keep your eyes open...you never know what you might see if you know what you're looking for in the spy capital of the world.
The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging manner and to provide a dynamic context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims --- six million were murdered; Gypsies, the handicapped, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.
The Museum's primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
Visiting the White House
Around Capitol Hill
- U.S. Capitol Home Page
- Information presented by the Architect of the Capitol for everyone who wants to learn more about the Capitol and what it means.
- The House Chamber
- The Chamber of the United States House of Representatives.
- Virtual Tours of Capitol
- Explore the Nation's Capitol.
- The Hall of the House of Representatives
- This exhibition features the House of Representatives as it was during the half century it met in this chamber. The Old Hall of the House, now known as Statuary Hall, is one of the most historic spaces in the United States Capitol.
- Map of Capitol Grounds
- The Capitol, House and Senate office buildings are noted.
- Capitol Tour Guide Services
- What Capitol tour services are available and how to arrange tours.
Around Washington, DC
- Map of Washington, DC Metro System (Subway)
- A map of the Washington, DC transit system, showing subway lines andstations. Note, the Blue Subway Line, Capitol South station will take you the closest to House of Representatives office buildings.
- Touring DC
- Information on tours and points of interest in the Washington, DC area.
- White House Visitors Office
- Information on White House tours.
- National Park Service
- Information on National Park Service units in the Nation's Capitol.
- Maps of DC area
- Maps included for the Mall, the White House and surrounding area and a sightseeing map.
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