DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918:
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Description of Pictures: West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
October 19, 2002 – January 11, 2004
Marking the bicentennial of West Point, this exhibition tells the story of this renowned military academy in New York from its founding through World War I and highlights the achievements of graduates in both the U.S. Army and science, education, engineering, and other fields. The exhibition also examines the Army's role in the 19th and early 20th centuries in building America's infrastructure, exploring its territories, and fighting its wars. Interactive maps, models, audio and video components, and personal artifacts are used to tell the story of cadet life and the role of the academy in American history. Highlights include a saddle promoted by George B. McClellan and a re-creation of General Pershing's WWI war room.
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SIAHWP_030305_02.JPG: This painting of George Washington was for the West Point exhibit, Washington being the man who pushed for the establishment of the military academy there.
SIAHWP_030305_08.JPG: Yep, George Custer was West Point material. A wonderful general during the Civil War (among other things, he fought a major cavalry action in Gettysburg during that battle), he got a little out of hand and was finally wiped out with his men at Little Big Horn.
SIAHWP_030305_23.JPG: The "Tommy Gun" (on the left) was created by a West Point graduate
SIAHWP_030305_28.JPG: This is a 1919 replica of the map that Gen John J Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, used during the finale of the war. His map, as a short article in Smithsonian Magazine points out, for the first time ever, provided a systematic way of gathering and translating intelligence into one central battlefield picture. Pershing, another West Point graduate, used red pins to indicate the front line. Rows of pins fan out to indicate boundaries between corps of the Allied and German armies. Thumbtacks are color-coded to show each division's condition--white for tired, blue for fresh. A colored piece of paper shows the division's number.
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.