Monday, March 21, 2011
Upon her return from Rome, Sarah got an internship at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Her supervisor was Amy Henderson, author of Red Hot and Blue: A Smithsonian Salute to the American Musical. Sarah, and three other young women helped Amy with research for upcoming exhibits. Sarah focused on movie musicals. I visited in July and since Julia was living there as well we had several days filled with museum and monument visits.
Lane and I lived in Room 102 on the first floor of DW. Rhetta and MaryAnn also lived on our floor, and Morford lived upstairs. We thought we were cute when we answered the hall phone, "With Miller Lite we'll light your night"! Our 1st floor stuck out in the back of the house and was probably originally servants quarters. One of the best places to study was in the 3rd floor ballroom! It was a wonderful space!
322 Fifth Street
Junior year, Lane and I lived on the 3rd floor of the Alpha Xi Delta house in the left-front corner room...we painted it yellow! The house had a lovely, big living room where we had chapter meetings. The TV room in the back was small and cozy. We held many a sisterhood party in the 3rd floor sitting area.
The house was once owned by George White, Ohio Governor in the 1930s. Some say that there are tunnels in the basement and it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Terrace Hill and was built between 1866-1869 by Benjamin Franklin Allen and later owned by Des Moines real estate entrepreneur, F. M. Hubbell. In 1977 it became the Iowa Governor's Mansion and the two lower floors are open for public tours. It is considered a wonderful example of Victorian era architecture in the United States. The style of architecture is called Second Empire. The first floor is filled with intricate stenciled walls and tile and a colorful stained-glass window on the staircase landing.
Iowa Tree: Northern Red Oak
Iowa Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
Iowa Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
Monday, December 20, 2010
It's not New York but a beautiful sight on the Ile des Cygnes in the middle of the Seine River in Paris. There stands Lady Liberty. Given to the city in 1889, it faces southwest, downriver along the Seine. There are two dates on her tablet; July 4, 1776 the date of the Declaration of Independence and July 14, 1789 the date of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution.