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Rochester’s Museum Trifecta: Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester Museum and Science Center

The City of Rochester was blessed with being home to the very philanthropic entrepreneur, George Eastman, the inventor of modern film and founder of Eastman Kodak.  As a result of the enormous amount of wealth Eastman personally donated to the arts, and other philanthropists that were largely connected to Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY is home […] Read more

A Girl’s Guide to the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Visiting the Susan B. Anthony House

Along with my quest to introduce more positive female role models (sorry Cinderella) we’ve been reading fabulous children’s books about the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.  I know at nearly 5, the Bean is too young to fully comprehend how lucky she has it today, but when […] Read more

Chills at the Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem Massachusetts

The Salem Witch Dungeon Museum offers “a unique educational experience with a chill or two” – and they deliver! Salem, Massachusetts is a fun city. Not too big, so walking is the best way to get around. There are interesting shops, quaint inns, great public parks and statues, and historic buildings. You can visit the […] Read more

Learning About Life in the 17th Century, The Witch House, Salem Massachusetts

What’s the best way to teach your kids history? Start with what they find interesting! The home of Judge John Corwin is a perfect example of 17th Century architecture and one of the few remaining high-end homes from the architectural style known as First Period. It was built right in the middle of the 1600’s; […] Read more

Have a Blast! at Rock of Ages Granite Quarry, Vermont

Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State, but what lies under those mountains? At the Rock of Ages quarry, just outside of Barre, you can get a chance to see. Back in 1885 a man named George B. Milne opened a granite manufacturing business. Ten years later, he and quarry owners James Boutwell and […] Read more

Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

On a recent road trip to Philadelphia with my family, I attended a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the US Mint, the largest coin manufacturer in the world. The re-designed public tour, which is free, opens July 3, 2012. I was able to also go right down on the factory floor to get an up-close-and-personal […] Read more

Say Cheese! in Cabot, Vermont

Drive through anywhere in Vermont and you will notice two things: there are lots of mountains and there are lots of cows. With such beautiful surroundings, it’s no wonder those cows make some of the World’s Best Cheese. Back in 1919 a group of ninety-four farmers got together to start making butter out of their […] Read more

A Long Strange Trip Starts with the Grateful Dead in Cleveland

It’s only fitting that our latest American road trip begins with the Grateful Dead. The first time that I attempted to cross the United States with my children, I left my husband at home in early June, 2009 while I single-handedly drove my beloved Suburban on a two-month circuit of America’s children’s book settings. On […] Read more

Strolling Down Church Street Marketplace: Burlington, Vermont

Stuck in a too small hotel room with two kids and two dogs? Not a problem in Burlington, Vermont! Part shopping mall, part street festival, Church Street Marketplace  is one of the best reasons to visit Burlington Vermont. Four blocks of Church Street, right in the center of town, have been closed to vehicular traffic […] Read more

Quintessential Vermont: Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm

Heading up near Burlington? Make sure to take a side trip for a Friday or Monday Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farms in Shelburne! The owners of Bread and Butter Farm hold fast to the idea that healthy grows from the soil up. The grass the beef is fed on is whole grain, as are […] Read more

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