Washington & washington d.c. 2012


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11th February 2012.
The session at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) was dedicated to the President’s Day holiday in the USA. We decided to start the discussion with a slide show about the city of Washington – the capital of the USA. The club members who have been to Washington city (Valentina and Svitlana) felt rather nostalgic and missed the positive emotions of their trips to the USA.
The next activity was reading and translation of an article about the Presidential foods. We have learned a lot of fun facts about the likes and dislikes of famous Presidents and learned many idiomatic phrases. Our American friend Mr. Battilega was kind enough to explain a lot of difficult expressions and terms during the session.
To memorize the names of the USA presidents we offered a search word puzzle to the club members. They have formed teams and tried to complete the puzzle in 10 minutes. The best score was 17 out of 43 names.
Yana’s team managed to complete a more complicated puzzle in 10 minutes – a “Celebrate USA” Sudoku.

The numerous books presented to the club members aroused a lot of interest. The WOA collection features books on many aspects of American presidency – from the speeches of the US presidents to the first ladies’ backgrounds, from the statistics on elections to the interiors of the White House.

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Washington & washington d.c. 2012

  1. 1. Washington, D.C. – The City of the First PresidentWindow on America Center©,Dnipropetrovsk,Ukraine2012
  2. 2. • is the common name for the The President’s Day federal holiday officially designated as Washingtons Birthday.• As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, it was celebrated on Washingtons birth day-February 22.• It honors both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all the other men who have served as president.
  3. 3. The First President • In 1789, on the 6th of April, Americans elected the first President of the USA. • George Washington served two terms (1789-1797). • The newly-built capital of the country was named Washington.
  4. 4. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington• was the wife of G. Washington• M. Washington is considered to be the first “First Lady of the United States”.• During her lifetime, she was known as "Lady Washington". Unidentified artist, Martha Washington, n.d., oil on canvas, 29 15/16 x 25 3/16 inches, National Portrait Gallery
  5. 5. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.(formally the District of Columbia) is the capital of the United States.• It was founded on July,16, 1790.
  6. 6. Washington, D.C The District has a totalarea of 68.3 square miles (177km2), of which 61.4 squaremiles (159 km2) is land and6.9 square miles (18 km2)(10.16%) is water.
  7. 7. Area• The area is surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia .• The District has three major natural flowing streams:• the Potomac River• and its tributaries (приток) the Anacostia River and Rock Creek.• Tiber Creek, a watercourse that once passed through the National Mall, was fully enclosed underground during the 1870s
  8. 8. Flag
  9. 9. Seal
  10. 10. Symbol Official Flower- American beauty rose - a symbol of love, beauty, war, and politics. The first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety named after his mother is still grown today.
  11. 11. Architecture The design for the City of Washington was largely the work of Pierre (Peter) Charles L’Enfant, a French-born architect, engineer, and city planner.The architecture of Washington varies greatly. Six of the top 10 buildings are located here:- the White House;- the Washington National Cathedral;- the Thomas Jefferson Memorial;- the United States Capitol;- the Lincoln Memorial;- the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  12. 12. Architecture• Washington is dominated by - The neoclassical, - Georgian, - gothic, - modern architectural styles.• Notable exception - the French Second Empire style : the Old Executive Office Building
  13. 13. United States Capitol • Capitol has been the home of the House ofCongress of USA Representatives and the Senate since 1800. • The height of the Capitol from the baseline on the east front to the top of the statue is 287.5 ft (87.6 m)
  14. 14. Protests near Capitol
  15. 15. The White House – the symbol of freedom • Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions • . The White House has been the official residence of all the presidents of the United States with the exception of George Washington.
  16. 16. White House Interior• Visitors on the tour are able to see the most beautiful and historic rooms in the house:• the East Room,• the Green Room,• the Blue Room,• the Red Room,• and the State Dining Room.• These rooms are used by the President and First Lady to entertain guests and to receive leaders of other countries.
  17. 17. Protests near the White House
  18. 18. St. Johns Church
  19. 19. The Supreme Court Building • Located near the Capitol, this building has housed the Supreme Court since 1935. • Sixteen marble columns at the main entrance of the Court. • Above the entrance appears engraved motto "Equal Justice Under Law“ designed by Cass Gilbert.
  20. 20. Georgetown University • is a private Jesuit university • Its main campus is in Washing- ton, D.C. • The oldest Catholic university in the United States
  21. 21. Library of Congress, • Established 1800 Contains rare books: • incunabula (books printed before 1500), • monographs and serials, • music, • bound newspapers, • pamphlets, • technical reports, • other printed material and items in the non classified (special) collections
  22. 22. National Mall•is the monumental green space at theheart of Washington, D.C., the heart ofthe national psyche, and the heart ofcivic America.•This national treasure stretches for twomiles•The park is home to the Smithsonian, ahuge collection of the nations best (andfree) museums
  23. 23. National Mall
  24. 24. The Washington Monument •is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. • It was built in honor of George Washington. • The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555’ 5 1/8” tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles. • It was finished on December 6, 1884.
  25. 25. View from the Washington Monument
  26. 26. Thomas Jefferson Memorial The Thomas Jefferson Memorial stands as a symbol of liberty and endures as a site for reflection and inspiration for all citizens of the United States and the world.
  27. 27. Lincoln Memorial • “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” • Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United sits immortalized in marble.
  28. 28. Andrew Jackson Statue - Lafayette Park.
  29. 29. National museum of American history
  30. 30. Taras Shevchenko Monument
  31. 31. QUIZ• Where was the first national capital under the Constitution?• What is Octagon House?• What is sometimes called Uncle Sams Company Town?• What President got lost trying to find the White House?• What branch of the federal government met over a market, in the Capitol basement, and in a tavern in the early days of the Republic?• What election was the first in which Washingtonians were able to vote for President?
  32. 32. QUIZ• What is the name of the statue on top of the Capitol dome?• Why was the Virginia portion of the national capital returned to that state in the mid-1800s?• Why does the Washington Monument show a distinct break in color in the stone used to build it? THANK YOU!