Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: we guided you through our seven-day trip through Ohio, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania in fifty episodes —- July 7-13, 2018. It all comes down to this, per our tradition for every MCC road trip maxiseries: one final collection of alternate scenes, extra details, and surplus attractions along the way that were squeezed out of the main narrative. Enjoy!
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: we guided you through our seven-day trip through Ohio, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania in fifty episodes —- July 7-13, 2018, with stops along the way at nine museums or museum-like historical structures. Here in our penultimate chapter we present a selection of additional exhibits from those museums. Their fascinating exhibits could’ve kept us going for several more chapters albeit with increasingly diminishing returns. I tried to be choosy when curating the previous chapters, so the following gallery represents the honorable mentions, some of which were perhaps unfairly cut. Enjoy!
Our Presidential body count so far on this vacation:
- Rutherford B. Hayes, in the verdant park behind his lavish museum in Fremont, OH
- Millard Fillmore, in the same well-kept Buffalo cemetery as several Famous Names in Black History
- Chester Arthur, in a dusty corner plot in Albany
- Martin Van Buren, in an ancient burial ground a mile from his Dutch home church in Kinderhook, NY
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on the grounds of Hyde Park
- Grover Cleveland, alongside his fellow presidents of Princeton University
- James Buchanan, alone on a hill in Lancaster, PA
- William McKinley, under a seven-story dome in Canton, OH
…and now, two hours from the William McKinley Memorial and 3½ hours from home, we wended our way through a maze of lazy country highways and one construction detour to reach the final American President on our week-long tour. We had not saved the best for last.
Seven days, nine museums. I’ve been counting Presidential burial sites from the beginning, but I hadn’t done the math on how many museums or museum-esque structures we visited on this trip till just now. In all that’s counting:
- the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove
- the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
- the Museum of Art at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
- the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
- the National Constitution Center
- the Betsy Ross House, which in my book has enough artifacts to qualify
- the Museum of the American Revolution
- the Heinz History Museum
…and the subject of our next chapter. It wasn’t a primary objective, but it was next door to one, and we had a little money left in the budget for their ticket prices. We figured why not add one more to the roster.
I realize these chapters have been rather spaced apart and there’ve been so many of them, but we’re technically in the home stretch now. After a quick lunch stop in West Virginia, only one state stood between us and home. We’d already paid respects to one American President from Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes, back on Day One. Two more Presidential gravesites lay ahead on the trail before we would cross the final state border.
We had traveled to the Heinz History Center to view artifacts from the life of Mister Rogers. We amused ourselves with the international catalog of Heinz food products. Elsewhere around the other seven floors, a variety of exhibits told more stories about Steel City’s lives, history, and pop culture.