Sunday, September 18, 2011
Federal Hall National Memorial
One of my hobbies is earning Junior Ranger badges and patches at National Park Service sites. Even though I've been living in NYC for a few years now, I still hadn't gone to Federal Hall National Memorial! Finally, I got around to picking up a Junior Ranger booklet and went straight to Federal Hall.
Federal Hall National Memorial is on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, just a few steps away from the New York Stock Exchange. There were tons of tourists taking photos of the Stock Exchange, but hardly anyone ventured into the memorial. I introduced myself to the ranger in charge and sat down to work on my workbook.
Federal Hall has had many different roles in its history, but I think it is probably most famous for being the place where President George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789. I can't imagine how it would feel to take on so much responsibility! The hall has several exhibits, including some cool architectural models of how the building has changed over time. It's a really important place in US history; I was excited to see it!
Outside the building, there is a large statue of George Washington. It's so big, actually, that it's hard to get a good photo in front of it!
When I finished the workbook, I got sworn in as a junior ranger. I swore to be a good steward of the National Parks. They are our nation's treasures. I'm not sure how many Junior Ranger programs I've done so far, but I was excited to add Federal Hall to the list!
Have you ever visited a place important to your nation's history?