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Friday, December 26, 2008

Newt: New Capitol Visitor's Center Gets the History Wrong

I've been consistently impressed with the work our friend Newt Gingrich has done since leaving the Congress. This week, he sent me a copy of a report by his colleague Rick Tyler documenting the long list of historical inaccuracies that can be found at the new Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington. The report is far longer, and more surprising, than I expected when I opened it.

The new Capitol Visitor's Center was designed to accommodate the steady flow of tourists to the Capitol. As the county's population has grown and travel has become less expensive since the building was first designed, the need for added capacity was clear. However, equally clear should be the need to get the history right, and it appears this is where the new Center falls far short of what we should expect.

Although the past doesn't change, history does, as some struggle to redefine and reinterpret major events in order to serve their own political objectives. The nation's Capitol, however, should be free of such battles to redefine the past, so I encourage you to take a few minutes to review the report. You might be surprised with what you find.

Capitol Visitor's Center Report

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