Patterson Press returns to Newseum
by Jamal Artis
The Patterson Press went to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on December 4. It was a fun learning experience at the museum, where we learned a lot, including about the Berlin Wall. The West Berlin Wall was the free side, where they had put graffiti art on the wall in 1986. It was East Germany, starting on August 13, 1961, that completely cut off contact with people coming in and out of the rest of the city. They also added a guard tower to keep the people in the city; if anybody tried to leave, they got shot at by the person that was in the tower. We learned a lot about the Cold War in Germany. It went on for around 30 years.
The exhibit that was the most fascinating was the 9/11 exhibit. They had a few parts of the Twin Tower from 9/11, and they found a guy’s camera that got destroyed in the fire. Some students cried a little over what happened to the twin tower that day. We also were put on the teleprompter and a video feed makes it look like we’re on the news channel.
We also learned about major bank robberies in the 20th century and the first phone, typewriter, and printing press. The trip to the Newseum was fun and a great learning experience. I hope we do it again someday.