The Newseum, Washington, D.C.



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If you are very lucky (and whether you want me to or not), Mr. Housch will sometimes share images from his trips. In June, he visited Washington, D.C.’s Newseum which contained a portion of the Berlin Wall.This image was taken facing southeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The Newseum is located on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue and can be found by the red icon. In the bottom right of this image is the United States Capitol. In the top left of this image is the White House.This image was created using googlemaps at approximately 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

The Newseum is located in this large structure. It is dedicated to the study of journalism, and especially promotes the right of Freedom of the Press which is protected in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.This image was taken facing northeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The Newseum traces the evolution of covering the news from the earliest newspapers, through radio and television, to the internet. We began at photographs which won the Pulitzer Prize, which are awarded to the top photograph of each year from 1942 to the present.This image was taken facing north at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Some of the photographs in the collection that stood out to Mr. Housch included this photograph of baseball’s Babe Ruth titled “Babe Ruth Bows Out.” He appeared at Yankee Stadium in 1948 for the last time as cancer destroyed his 53 year old body. He had to use a bat to steady himself. He died two months after this photograph was taken by Nathaniel Fein of the New York Herald Tribune.This image was taken facing west at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Another famous photograph which caught Mr. Housch’s attention was this one of nightclub owner Jack Ruby shooting alleged President John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on November 24, 1963. This photograph was taken by Robert H. Jackson of the Dallas Times Herald. You will learn more about the Kennedy assassination if you take Mr. Housch’s COLT class.This image was taken facing west at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
The photograph that Mr. Housch, who grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, most wanted to see was this one of a Vietnam Veteran who lost both of his legs by a land mine explosion. He was watching an Armed Forces Day Parade in the rain on May 15, 1976 (Mr. Housch was a junior in high school) when photographer Robin Hood of the Chattanooga News Free Press took this photo.This image was taken facing north at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

On the fourth level was a display of the events of 1968, mostly Civil Rights events.This view was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

From the fourth level, visitors can look down on a news helicopter and a large screen television which was showing the World Cup match between Iceland and Argentina when we were present.This view was taken facing north at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

To prove to you that this is one of the largest high definition screens in the world (40 feet wide by 22 feet wide), Mr. Housch took this photograph.This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
This exhibit shows newspaper headlines from September 11, 2001.This image was taken facing northeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

We went out to the terrace to look at Pennsylvania Avenue, one of America’s most famous streets. The United States Capitol is in the distance. The Canadian Embassy is on the left.This image was taken facing southeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Looking in the opposite direction on Pennsylvania Avenue towards the area of the White House (not pictured). The “Old Post Office Building” is the structure with the tower in the distance. Construction began on the building in 1892 and it was completed in 1899. It was Washington, D.C.’s General Post Office until 1914 when it became a federal office building. It is now the Trump International Hotel.This image was taken facing northwest at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

A chronological history of Pennsylvania Avenue is displayed on the terrace, including…This image was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
…the fact that the Newseum sits on the site where the National Hotel stood from 1826 to 1942.This image was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The National Hotel is where John Wilkes Booth was staying when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.This image was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
A replica of a printing press used to print newspapers and items such as the Declaration of Independence is on display.This image was taken facing northeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

A large sheet of blank paper is placed on the frame on the left. In the center, the letters which have been typeset have ink placed on them. Then the frame containing the paper is closed (from left to right) over the letters. For a video to see how the printing press worked, click on this link.This image was taken facing northeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

After the frame containing the paper is placed over the letters/type, then both of them are placed (by sliding them) under the large block of wood on the left which was called the platen. For a video to see how the printing press worked, click on this link.This image was taken facing west at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The wooden handle on the left is then pulled towards the camera. This will cause the large block of wood/platen to press the paper to the type. This caused a copy of the Declaration of Independence to be produced. For a video to see how the printing press worked, click on this link. For a video on how Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press, click on this link.This image was taken facing west at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The News History section contains newspapers and magazines with top stories from 1493 to the present. Approximately 400 of them are located in the middle of the floor.This image was taken facing east at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
In 1493 the German Nuremberg Chronicle presented the history of the world using more than 1800 woodcuts. For a short video explaining what is in this largest of the galleries, click on this link.This image was taken facing north at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

On the walls are display cases which contain issues that confront journalists such as war reporting, sensationalism, and media credibility and objectivity.This image was taken facing southeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Those cases included a section on African American newspapers, and how some of the media dealt with the Ku Klux Klan during the Civil Rights era.This image was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
Mr. Housch was born and raised in the South, and his favorite baseball team is the Atlanta Braves, and his favorite baseball player is Hank Aaron. Mr. Housch was very happy to see this newspaper covering the game where Mr. Aaron became the all time home run leader in 1974.This image was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

There was a separate gallery on news reporting during the American Revolution.This image was taken facing north at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

There was a separate section on the internet, radio, and television.This image was taken facing northwest at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The Berlin wall was constructed by Communists in the 1960s to keep Communist East Germans from escaping into Democratic West Berlin. The West Berliners hated the wall, and drew all over their side of it, which is shown here. For a video on the Berlin Wall, click on this link.This image created facing east at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

The Communist East Berlin side of the wall was either painted white, or not painted at all so that those attempting to escape by the wall could be spotlighted easier.This image was taken facing southwest at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
The spotlights were shown by guards in towers. This is an actual tower from East Berlin which is now on display at the Newseum.This image was taken facing southeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
The Newseum is a great place to visit, and I could have spent many more hours there. Unfortunately, it is not free like most Washington, D.C. museums. It has one of the most expensive admission prices of any museum in the area.This image was taken facing south at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

After we left the Newseum and were walking to get lunch, we came by the National Archives (building on the left). The smoke and cars are from the filming of the next Wonder Woman movie.This image was taken facing east at approximately 12:30 PM on Saturday, June 16, 2018.