The Washington Youth Tour is an annual event sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and the state's 23 electric co-ops. It provides these young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation's capital, learn about government and cooperatives, and develop their leadership skills. Students are selected for the trip by writing short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives - Connecting Communities" that explain how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power. One of the favorite stops for the teens on tour is The Smithsonian and its 19 museums. While The Smithsonian is closed during the COVID-19 crisis, it is offering UCEMC members and students at home, free access to the virtual tours and educational links below. Enjoy!
Dear Friends of the Smithsonian,
We sincerely hope you, your families and loved ones are keeping safe and healthy during these extraordinary times. By now, you may be aware that the Smithsonian made the difficult decision to close our museums to the public on March 14 due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in our nation and world. The health and safety of Smithsonian visitors, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, as is the health and safety of all Americans.
Although how we learn and explore the world together has drastically changed, our hearts and minds continue to be full of boundless curiosity. We, at Smithsonian, believe it is more important now than ever before to stay connected and begin utilizing new, exciting ways of sharing knowledge.