Flat Stanley Visits Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone! Flat Stanley here, reporting from Pennsylvania, where I spent time with Kayden’s Uncle Erik and Aunt Beth!

Kayden’s Uncle Erik works at the Pennsylvania Capitol complex, and the Capitol is a beautiful building. One of the coolest parts is the historic Moravian tiles all over the floor of the main Capitol building. Nearly 400 different mosaic scenes are in the Capitol, including this dragonfly. They are more than 100 years old!

Uncle Erik took me to where he works, the Office of Open Records, where people can get access to government records. It’s an interesting place, with about a dozen lawyers and six other people working to help get those government records to the public.

Sometimes, Uncle Erik talks to the media. He took me to a meeting at the Lebanon Daily News, where we talked to reporter Les Stewart in the conference room.

Kayden’s Aunt Beth took me to Gettysburg! Gettysburg is a town in Pennsylvania that was the site of one of the biggest battles of the U.S. Civil War. At the Gettysburg Battlefield, they have monuments for every state that took part in the Battle of Gettysburg. This is the monument for Texas.

The Eisenhower National Historic Site, the home and farm of President Dwight Eisenhower, is also in Gettysburg! It’s next to the Battlefield, and the farm served as a meeting place for leaders from all over the world when Mr. Eisenhower was our president in the 1950s.

President Eisenhower’s farm was beautiful, although we were there on a very windy day!

President Eisenhower was the very first President to fly in a helicopter. Driving to his farm from the White House took about two hours, but he could fly in a helicopter and be there in just 35 minutes! His helicopter landed right here in this field.

In addition to vising the Pennsylvania State Capitol and Gettysburg, Uncle Erik and Aunt Beth taught me some new board games! These are two of my favorites. First is Star Wars Risk, which is really fun. I helped Luke Skywalker beat Darth Vader!

The other game I really liked is called Betrayal at House on the Hill. In this game, we all went into a haunted house. It was scary, but a lot of fun!

Thanks for reading about my trip to Pennsylvania with Kayden’s Uncle Erik and Aunt Beth. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

~ Flat Stanley

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