Sneak Peek at the African American History Museum!

Here at Kiss and Thrill, we often post about the things we see — especially in and around Washington, D.C.  Imagine my delight at being able to bring you photos from the National Museum of African American History and Culture months before it opens to the public! But of course, that is exactly the thing our crime-fighting, suspense heroines do.

My blogmate, author Krista Hall asked me what it was like looking at the lattice-like covering — the corona — from the interior. The museum is so expertly designed that the gorgeous mesh frames the most exquisite D.C. views. Imagine coming down a dark hallway and suddenly one of several sunlit bright, postcard perfect views appears before you. The people who were with me literally gasped — and to be honest so did I. Everywhere else, it’s like being ensconced in this wonderfully warm, bronze colored lace veil.

Please enjoy visiting with me through a post I wrote for my personal blog, Top Secret Washington. Enjoy!



The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open on September 24th, 2016, however that didn’t stop Top Secret Washington from getting a tour on June 5th, 2016, almost four months early!


Judson McIntire, chief architect of this project for the Smithsonian, is rightly proud of this project. Walking around the construction site, seeing the attention to detail, the thought and planning that goes into such a project was amazing. When the crowds come, they might not notice every single aspect, but I was grateful to Jud and his team for everything they have done.


This project actually started in 1915 when African American vets first raised the issue. In 1929 Herbert Hoover appointed a committee to fund a building. In the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s much discussion and bickering took place — some from other African American museums that thought this building might take…

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Posted on August 11, 2016, in DC By The Book, Diana Belchase, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for posting this. Can’t wait to see the museum. Shedding light on this despicable part of our history is absolutely imperative. We must not forget. And we must keep working toward equal justice for all.

  2. What a cool opportunity! I’m glad this museum is finally coming to fruition. Thanks!

  3. Diana, I am really looking forward to visiting, especially after your vivid descriptions.

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