After reading the assigned reading and videos for Mod 4 governance I saw that we need to investigate a museum to look at one for discussion. So I have chosen one down the road in Santa Fe in the old palace of the governors. https://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/about/ I went there last year to see what was displayed. Looking at the site in the about link there are the main things we were looking for to cover this topic of governance. I am not in the habit of looking at these basic underlying principles before or after I visit them, but this class has made me aware of this topic which I paid little notice of. This museum features much of the history of settlement of New Mexico from prehistoric indigenous occupation, Spanish and Mexican colonial times, American annexation and later statehood in 1910, along with civil war involvement, railroads, industry up to near modern times. One very obvious large back lit panel probably 5′ x 6′ past which you must go to get in to the American era display is of the classic painting of Manifest Destiny. It is directly opposite a large padded bench at which you can park your tired butt if you have just come from the Spanish and Mexican colonial exhibits. The displays are arranged in a circular clockwise historical pattern so that you start with the prehistoric parts and then wind through each period until you exit through the same entrance to other larger sections that are arts and sciences annexes. I have not seen such a large blow up of this famous painting that lets you walk right up close to examine the details which are not readily apparent in text book images. This powerful image of the American dream of marching west into new open lands for settlement by migrants from the east does not have a lot of text to force you into understanding the implications. All you have to do is just look closely to see what direction the US expansion entailed with an unstoppable force born by destiny to tread upon the vista led by a gauzily clad blonde floating Anglo angel whose left bosom is strangely covered with no visible means of support while carrying a ledger or bible tethered to her wrist. Today not many words are needed to understand the underpinnings of this national direction of occupation. If you viewed that painting over 100 years ago you would not need any words either to follow the lead into America’s god given mandate to go into the dark stormy future lying ahead with no need to look back like Lot’s daughter.