Editor’s note: AP US History classes participated in the We the People program from April 26-30 at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. The following is an update from history teacher and trip leader Peter Gunn.
What a great start! Despite some travel and other sequester-related challenges on Friday, we did tour the Supreme Court and the King, FDR, and Jefferson Memorials – many inspiring moments. For me, the highlight was viewing the actual letter between Clarence Earl Gideon and the Clerk of the Supreme Court. While many believe that “due process” is the bedrock of civil liberty, Mr. Gideon’s struggle shows me that a deep and persistent belief in your own rights is the vital element in civil society.
This is the basic information for the upcoming We the People program that the AP US History classes will participate in from April 26th to April 30th. Please share with anyone who is interested. In addition to the many family members making the trip with us, we welcome DC area Williston Northampton alumni and friends to join us for the hearing presentations.
We will depart from campus at 9:45 am (following E block) on Friday, April 26th.
We depart from Bradley at 11:51 am and arrive at Reagan National Airport (DCA) 1:12 pm
We present at George Mason University:
Saturday, April 27th from 5:00 pm to 7:20 pm in Innovation Hall Room 204
Sunday, April 28th from 11:40 am to 2:00 pm in Innovation Hall Room 204
And possibly, on Capitol Hill on Monday, April 29th –TBA.
Along with visits to Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian and the Lincoln, Iwo Jima and MLK Memorials, we will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday evening, April 29th at 6:15 pm. Four students will have the honor of placing the wreath by the tomb—the rest of us will bear witness.
We depart from Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, April 30th at 2:45 pm and arrive at Bradley at 4:03 pm.
We should return to Williston by 6 pm.