The Junior Fellows are set to depart on their 2013 inaugural tour, a journey that will traverse twelve states, numerous presidential sites, and will culminate with attendance at the nation’s 57th presidential inauguration.
The first leg of the tour will take the Fellows through the Midwest, hitting spots such as St. Louis, MO; Springfield, IL; and Cincinnati, OH. The second leg of the trip will take the students to Lexington, KY; Charleston, WV; Northern Virginia; and Washington, DC. The final leg of the trip will take students through the south, where the students will visit sites in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas.
The tour allows students to see numerous sites of historical (e.g., Henry Clay Home), artistic (e.g., Crystal Bridges Museum), and literary interest (e.g., T.S. Eliot Home), although the primary theme of the trip will be presidential sites. Students will visit sites associated with seventeen presidents. In chronological order: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, U. S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
It is the third presidential inauguration that the Junior Fellows have undertaken, and was designed to give the students a broad view of the United States and its history, while tying destinations to the experience of being at a presidential inauguration and to their classroom curriculum.
The specific itinerary for the students is:
Thursday, January 17:
- Dallas, TX: Sixth Floor Museum
- Denison, TX: Eisenhower Birthplace
- Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas—Jesus Moroles Sculptures
- Bentonville, AR: Crystal Bridges Museum
Friday, January 18:
- St. Louis, MO
- Springfield, IL
- Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, January 19:
- Cincinnati, OH
- Lexington, KY
- Charleston, WV: West Virginia State Capitol
Sunday, January 20:
- Staunton, VA: Woodrow Wilson Home
- Washington, DC:
Monday, January 21:
Tuesday, January 22:
- Northern Virginia:
- Greeneville, TN: Andrew Johnson Home
- Maryvale, TN: Sam Houston Schoolhouse
Wednesday, January 23:
- Nashville, TN
- Columbia, TN: James Polk Home
Thursday, January 24:
- Little Rock, AR
- Nacogdoches, TX
The trip will include numerous sites the Junior Fellows—with different members—saw on previous inaugural trips, but many of the sites will be new to the organization and the members.
As a bonus, this year’s trip will also allow the students to trace Sam Houston’s circuitous path to Texas. They will visit his birth site in northern Virginia; meander south to Tennessee, visiting the schoolhouse in which he was educated; drive through eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, in the general vicinity of Houston’s stops with the Cherokees; and through Nacogdoches, where Houston was baptized; and, of course, returning to Huntsville, his final home.