Are you familiar with UNESCO and their World Heritage Mission?
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding universal value to humanity.
UNESCO maintains a list of World Heritage Sites that meet at least one of ten selection criteria. There are now over 1000 sites all around the world on the list, including well-known sites such as The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, and Macchu Pichu. The list includes a bunch of lesser-known sites too. 22 […]
History buffs will want to make sure their trip to Bardstown, Kentucky, includes plenty of time to explore all the history contained in a collection of museums known as Museum Row. Your admission fee gives you entrance into all five venues and tickets are valid for two consecutive days so that you don’t have to rush through them. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice and we didn’t have enough time to go to all of them, but we enjoyed the two that we visited.
Old Bardstown Village
This village is a reproduction of a typical frontier village in […]
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish name translates to The Ranch of the Swallows. The authentic ranch dates back to the early 1700’s when it was a stop on El Camino Real, the trading route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Today it is a fascinating place to learn about the southwest in both Spanish Colonial and Territorial New Mexico time periods.
The ranch sits on 200 acres about 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Many of the buildings are original to the property and others have been […]
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, isn’t just a place to learn about history; it’s a place to be inspired by history. Kid friendly? Not only is it appropriate for kids, it was designed with kids in mind. When it first opened in 1929, only schoolchildren could visit. Four years later it opened to the general public. Henry Ford was passionate about teaching kids about the past and present so that they could take the present to the future. The museum holds a wide range of diverse historic artifacts, but all are tied together by an overall theme of […]
There’s something that fascinates me about the age of rail travel. Yes, I know, you can still travel by train today, but it just doesn’t look the same. I would love to go back in time to take a train trip, but until someone invents a time machine, museums will have to suffice. The Historic Railpark & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is housed in a former railroad station that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum includes indoor exhibits as well as a guided tour of the interior of several railroad cars. Train enthusiasts […]
A must-see on any trip to Bend, Oregon, is the High Desert Museum. This is one of those museums that has a little bit of everything, and is perfect for families.
The museum is a combination of a history museum, art museum, zoo, living history museum, and park. That may sound chaotic, but all the exhibits are tied together with a common theme: the High Desert, a region that covers parts of eight states and British Columbia. The museum is both fun and educational. Many thanks to the museum for providing us complimentary admission so that I could research […]
Bardstown, Kentucky, has long been known as the Bourbon Capital of the World. In 2012, it was also named the Most Beautiful Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. But what it probably isn’t known as is a place to take kids, so perhaps that is why they invited me and my kids to explore the family-friendly side of Bardstown. We saw several attractions in Bardstown and the attraction that tops my list is the long-running outdoor musical, The Stephen Foster Story.
Stephen Foster (1826-1864) is known as the Father of American Music. He was a […]
To celebrate Presidents’ Day this year, I decided to take a look at the humble beginning of one our greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born in a log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm on the Kentucky frontier near the current town of Hodgenville. The site is now a National Historical Park.
As with most national parks, I recommend starting in the Visitor Center. View a 15-minute film to learn about Abraham’s parents, Thomas and Nancy, where they came from, and about Abe’s early years in Kentucky.
After that, we perused the exhibits in the Visitor Center. The […]
We had the opportunity to visit Northern Indiana’s Amish Country last summer for a couple days. Our first stop was Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort, an historic Old Order Amish Farm that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a member of the media, I was given complimentary admission so that we could do the research for this article. There is much to do at Amish Acres and the PastPort is a combination ticket that allows you do see most of it. It includes a House & Farm Tour, Wagon Tour, Documentary Films, Horse & […]
When you think of great museums, Kentucky is probably not the first state that comes to mind. And yet, I’ve found that Kentucky has some real gems. My most recent find is the Kentucky Museum, on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. This three-floor museum has a wide variety of exhibits, including several that the kids will enjoy. To make it even more enjoyable for the kids, be sure to borrow a Museum Adventure Pack when you arrive.
It contains a Family Guide booklet with activities for kids and some other items kids can bring home […]