By Danielle Sturgis | April 27 2010 09:40

Whitney Dillon lives in Ashburn, VA with her husband and two children, ages 7 and 11. She was a teacher before her children were born, and she now homeschools the two.

“I prefer to guide my own,” she said of the family’s decision. “They learn so much more with me, one on one.”

After completing a section on Civil War history, the Dillon family took a trip across the United States, seeing landmarks and museums on the way.

This past Friday, the family visited the NRA National Firearms Museum for the very first time.

The National Firearms Museum visit was planned by the homeschool group the Dillons joined in Loudoun County, VA. “Each mother organizes one trip, and the whole group gets to enjoy all the trips,” Dillon explained, adding the NRA Museum has been a popular stop for several consecutive years. “We’ll be back!”

Susan Sykes, a homeschooling mother of 6, was the organizer for this trip. “It’s best to get out in groups,” she said. “We get to socialize that way, too.”

Senior Curator Doug Wicklund and his two Curatorial Assistants, Bill and Jerry, led the group of children and adults on a 30-minute tour of the Museum before getting to the “good stuff,” as Wicklund said. “We’re going to give the kids the chance to actually get their hands on some of these firearms.”

Above, smiles lit up the room as Wicklund passed around several long guns, explaining each firearm’s role in American history.

“You can’t find kids any more polite,” Wicklund said of the group. “It’s the best tour I’ve had in a while.”

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