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destination Capital Gains New attractions and amenities in Washington, DC by Sarah B. Hood I f the primary business of Washington, DC is govC ernment, its second most important industry is stry probably tourism. The U.S. capital is already a ady natural destination, and its roster of attractions ctions has recently been growing. In particular, several veral new sites are certain to catch the attention of anyone with an interest in African American an history and culture. Apart from the White House, the National Mall is perhaps the most iconic location in Washington, DC, and quite a few significant changes are under way in the area. For instance, with its cluster of museums and galleries on the National Mall devoted ll to everything from natural history to aerospace pace science, the Smithsonian Institution is already an unparalleled cultural destination. In 2015, a new addition is scheduled to open. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, currently under der construction on a five-acre site near the Washington Monument, will become the seventeenth Smithsonian n Museum in Washington. The new museum is building a collection of artifacts, cts, documents and art illustrating African American life from the era of slavery onward. It will include historical al documents, photographs, clothing, crafts and artworks. ks. Among the keynote acquisitions to date are the Black Fashion k Museum Collection, collected by Lois K. Alexander-Lane from 1979 on, and the Ernest C. Withers Photography Collection, which documents African American athletes, musicians and political activists around Memphis from the 1950s to 1970s. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is building special collections dedicated to art and music, as well as history. Certain to be a highlight is the Harriet Tubman Collection, a gift of 39 artifacts that once belonged to the brave woman who helped to free countless African Americans from slavery through the work of the Underground Railroad. Although its permanent home is not yet open, the museum is already mounting exhibits; until October 14, visitors can tour “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” at the National Museum of American History. From December 2012 until September 2013, a new exhibit will commemorate both the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, The Road Explorer w which ended slavery and the 50 slavery, 50th anniversary of the Great March on an Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Wa Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. g A memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. was o opened on the National Mall in 2011. Situated in a dramatic alignment with the Situate Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and inscribed with some of the great man’s most famous words, som its elements represent the Mountain of e element Despair and the Stone of Hope. The site is De espair an planted w spring-flowering cherry trees, pl lanted with summer-blossoming crape myrtles and su ummerAmerican elm trees. A Americ Also, after a two-year, $30-million Als restoration project, the Lincoln restora Memorial Reflecting Pool is scheduled Memo to reopen in June 2012. The site re improvements will increase lighting, imp add sidewalks in place of dirt pathways, improve accessibility from pat the pool level to the Memorial th Plaza level, upgrade the water P systems and improve the overall s site security. s Near the corner of 7th and T, the Howard Theatre, which has been closed since the whic early 1980s, reopened in April 2012, following a $29 million renovation. One of the 500 Treasures in the Save America’s Treasures Program, the grand old building was a key venue for African American performers from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald to Aretha Franklin. It is now configured as a flexible performance space that will accommodate 650 to 1,000 people at a variety of events, with a museum and gift shop highlighting the theatre’s famous past performers. Also of note, the 10-acre CityCenterDC, a new residential and shopping development that includes parking and hotel space, opens in 2013 in the area bounded by New York Avenue NW, 9th Street NW, H Street NW, and 11th Street NW. Added to the existing historical and cultural attractions as well as a full roster of professional sports teams, these new developments make a trip to Washington, DC seem like a capital idea! ■ 20 Summer 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2012

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Canadian Travel to the U.S. Continues to Grow
Electronic On board Computers
Capital Gains
Making the Grade in Kingston,Ontario
200 Years of Joie-de-vivre
Buyers' Guide
List of Advertisers

The Road Explorer - Summer 2012