A must-see on your history trip to Washington, DC
24 Jan 2024, 08:28
by Kate Moore
Be the first to see America’s national memorial to the Great War in Washington, DC
Bring your students to explore the profound narrative of America's first national memorial to World War One servicemen, a monumental 60ft bronze on a school trip to Washington.
This awe-inspiring sculpture will be sited near the White House in Washington DC, and will depict a soldier's poignant journey through the Great War.
A collaboration between American sculpture Sabin Howard and a British foundry in Gloucestershire, the vast sculpture took a decade to create with intricate processes on both sides of the Atlantic. Actors posed in period clothing to create 3D images that were then sculpted to life in the US by Howard and then returned to the UK for casting in bronze.
The 25 tonne bronze is due to be erected and unveiled in Washington DC later in 2024.
Who should take a school trip to Washington?
Washington is the perfect school trip destination for students of American History, US Politic and Arts. Make the most of your trip by incorporating a stay in New York, to open out the trip to the Business Studies department.
Suggested itinerary for a history trip to Washington, DC
Here's a suggested 3-day history-based school trip itinerary to Washington,DC
Day 1: Exploring the Nation's Capital
- Visit the National Mall, starting at the Washington Monument.
- Explore the World War II Memorial and the Reflecting Pool.
- Tour the Lincoln Memorial.
- Visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- Dinner at a local restaurant.
- Optional night tour of the monuments.
Day 2: Museums and Historical Sites
- See America's first national memorial to World War One servicemen.
- Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
- Explore the exhibits on the American Revolution and Civil War.
- Lunch at the museum or nearby.
- Tour the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
- Dinner in the historic Georgetown district.
Day 3: Capitol Hill and Educational Programmes
- Take a guided tour of the US Capitol.
- Visit the Library of Congress and learn about its historical treasures.
- Lunch near Capitol Hill.
- Participate in an educational programme at the International Spy Museum or the Newseum.
- Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
- Reflection and discussion session about the trip.
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