Five D.C. Sites That Are Rich in African American History

Washington D.C. is home to beloved museums and memorials that keep important American moments close to hearts and minds. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, in a ceremony presided over by President Barack Obama, is a meaningful addition to the city. Sti... Read More

Capitol - Washington, DC

“Secret” Food Locations in Washington, D.C.

The Course Leaders I work with in Washington, D.C.  are among the most seasoned connoisseurs of our capital city. Part tour guide, part educator, part fixer-historian-planner-entertainer-leader-fun-fact-knower, they lead programs in and around our nation’s capital day after day and they have been... Read More

Triple Traveling Teacher is “Addicted” to Travel

We admire every teacher who takes on the (super fun and rewarding) job of leading student travel programs. But Randy Martin gets our admiration not once, not twice, but THRICE! This eighth-grade social studies teacher led three trips this year. What began ten years ago as a single trip to Washington... Read More

Apollo 11 patch on Armstrong's spacesuit

Hey Smithsonian – What is it like to walk on the Moon?

On July 16, 1969, the world watched as Apollo 11 launched into space from Cape Kennedy. The following days were filled with wonder and excitement as people prepared for the very first Moon Landing. This “one giant leap for mankind” would take place on July 20, 1969, and that day was forever soli... Read More

Best Books for Sparking Travel Excitement

One of the best ways to get excited for an upcoming WorldStrides program? Reading a good book! It’s one thing to get mentally transported to a location by reading – and another to know you’ll soon be in that place yourself! Be an armchair traveler before you get your boots on the g... Read More

Music Festival

Hey Smithsonian –How do you capture music in a museum?

Music is a vital part of American history and culture, and the Smithsonian has deemed 2019 the “Year of Music,” with music programming happening daily across the institution – meaning 365 days of music! In a museum, we wondered how you share something as vibrant and sensory as music. And boy, ... Read More

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