Monday, July 6, 2009

Island Hopper's Crew Celebrates the 4th of July

Saturday, July 4, 2009 HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY !!!!!!! Joan, Ian, Debbie and Kevin left Island Hopper at 9:45 AM to take the Circulator to the new Smithsonian exhibit, The National Museum of the American Indian. The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice. The museum's extensive collections, assembled largely by George Gustav Heye (1874–1957), encompass a vast range of cultural material—including more that 800,000 works of extraordinary aesthetic, religious, and historical significance, as well as articles produced for everyday, utilitarian use. The collections span all major culture areas of the Americas, representing virtually all tribes of the United States, most of those of Canada, and a significant number of cultures from Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Chronologically, the collections include artifacts from Paleo-Indian to contemporary arts and crafts. The museum's holdings also include film and audiovisual collections, paper archives, and a photography archive of more than 300,000 images depicting both historic and contemporary Native American life. The National Museum of the American Indian comprises three facilities, each designed following consultations between museum staff and Native peoples. In all of its activities, the National Museum of the American Indian acknowledges the diversity of cultures and the continuity of cultural knowledge among indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere and Hawaii, incorporating Native methodologies for the handling, documentation, care, and presentation of collections. NMAI actively strives to find new approaches to the study and representation of the history, materials, and cultures of Native peoples. The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere, past, present, and future, through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture and traditional values. At 5:00 PM 24 guest boarded Island Hopper for the July 4th celebration and fireworks over the river. Guests included: Liz, Robert, Emma and Alistair Hall, Tom Lang, Aynsley Hopper and Ella Lang, Ian and Joan Downs, Beth, Eric, Kit and Kristin Allgaier, Bill, Meghan and Nora Buck, Barb and Ed Daniel, Elise and David-Craig Mann, Jessica Rogers, Debbie & Kevin Hopper and a very surprise appearance by Karen Hopper. After appetizers and a barbecue dinner, everyone enjoyed watching the fireworks from the bow and bridge of the boat. It was a fantastic evening celebrating this great day in historic Washington, D.C. with family and friends.

Daniel Family

David Craig & Elise Mann, Jessica Rogers, Ed & Barb Daniel

Buck Family

Meghan, Bill & Nora Buck

Hall Family

Robert, Liz, Duncan, Emma and Alistair

Allgaier Family

Beth, Kristen, Karen Hopper, Kit & Eric

Down Family

Joan & Ian

Hopper Family

Tom, Aynsley, Ella, Debbie and Kevin

Aynsley, Tom & Ella

Our Beautiful Granddaughter Ella

1 comment:

Elise said...

Thanks again for a lovely time and the best view of the fireworks we've ever had in DC!

Elise and David-Craig Mann