The original idea of Nerd Trips started with visits to presidential homes, birthplaces, burial sites and libraries, so Presidents Day seems like something we should acknowledge!
I enjoy visiting these places because you learn about our presidents as people: their likes and dislikes, hobbies, quirks, families and even foibles.
Here are a few random facts from the places we’ve visited:
President Garfield was a professor of ancient languages
President Madison was the shortest president (5 feet, 4 inches)
President Hayes established the White House Easter egg hunt
President Andrew Johnson was a trained tailor
President McKinley was sometimes called the “Ohio Napoleon” because he often put a hand inside his coat when he spoke
All of our presidents faced individual challenges on their journey to our nation’s highest office, so take a moment today to learn a fact or two them. (Actually, every day is a good day to learn something new! If you prefer to “get your geek on,” today is also the 50th anniversary of the John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission, you can learn about that too).
My coworker commented that this is my “big day.” Of course, I’m working. I hope you can enjoy a day off!
I look forward to sharing with you more my Nerd Trips encounters with our nation’s presidents.