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July 14, 2004

Reaction to the MIT Tour

Jim Gassaway, organizer for the event reports:

On July 10, 2004, sixty-five MIT alums, spouses, guests and children enjoyed a tour of the National Constitution Center.

At the Center, we enjoyed “Freedom Rising,” a state of-the-art 360° multimedia presentation showing the major themes of the Constitution. (The interactive Constitution allows for in-depth exploration of sections of the historical document.) We walked among life-size statues of delegates present at the signing of the Constitution in 1787. We took pictures of our children and grandchildren talking to the 6’4” George Washington and the short 30-year-old Alexander Hamilton and Governor Morris, 6’2” with a crudely crafted peg leg. We could sit at a senator’s desk using interactive equipment to pass legislation and donned judicial robes and ruled on a case as a member of the Supreme Court. We had the opportunity to take the Presidential Oath of Office with the help of blue-screen technology

After the tour, some 25 of us enjoyed lunch in the Delegates’ Restaurant while others visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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