Day six was a jam packed day, visiting the Scripps Howard Foundation, Library of Congress and the Capitol building.
Our first stop of the day was the Scripps Howard Foundation, which is located downtown close to the White House. The Scripps Howard Foundation was started in 1962 with the goal to improve journalism. Once at its office building we met with its current interns who are spending their spring semester in D.C., covering city events that pertain to a national audience. We additionally took a tour of its newsroom and got the chance to see a view of the White House from its balcony.
After touring the Scripps Howard offices, we stopped for lunch at Union Station and then were off to the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has officially been around for more than 200 years. The original library was housed in the Capitol building and it wasn’t until 1897 that the library officially opened their doors to the public in their current location. The building they currently occupy is right across the street from the Capitol Building. Today the library’s collection includes more than 144 million items which includes a baseball card collection and the items that were found in President Lincoln’s pockets on the night he was assassinated in Ford’s Theater.
After the tour of library it was time to visit the office of Senator Mike Johanns, which is located in the U.S. Senate office building. Once there, we met the employees working in his office, two of which led us on our tour of the Capitol Building. While touring the Capitol we got to see things such as the Capitol dome rotunda as well as the location of John Boehner, speaker of the houses’, office. Once our tour of the building was complete, we were lucky enough to get tickets to watch the House of Representatives in their chamber. While on the floor they were discussing a bill that would give money to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We all thought it was pretty cool to see this take place even if it was only for a short period time.
That concluded an overall good and busy day. Tomorrow we are meeting with a member of the State Department, then it is off to CBS and NPR in the afternoon.