Explore the history, culture, science, nature, architecture, and stories that link the iconic spaces in the National Mall and Memorial Parks to our nation and its people. The articles collected here are produced by NPS staff at the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
February 24, 2013Posted by: Kathryn Williams, Park Ranger
Williams describes tracing the Titanic's fateful voyage on the centennial of the disaster. Titanic is remembered through memorials in downtown Washington, a landscape that was influenced by one of its victims.
November 09, 2012Posted by: David Rappel, Park Ranger
With war plants shutting down and laying off workers and millions of veterans looking for jobs, would depression return? President Franklin Roosevelt called on Congress to provide educational assistance, unemployment insurance, and other benefits to veterans of World War II.
October 16, 2012Posted by: Matthew Hornberger, Park Ranger
In a lifetime of service beginning at the age of nine, David Farragut represented American ideals of bravery, loyalty and honor. Largely forgotten today, his service is remembered here in the nation’s capital.
July 24, 2012Posted by: Mike Townsend, Park Ranger
From the majestic elms along the National Mall and the stately oaks of Capitol Hill to the historic magnolias of the White House, and the graceful blossoms of the cherry trees, these trees not only witness history, but also serve as representatives of our nation's urban forests.
June 19, 2012Posted by: Allison Dixon, Museum Technician
Anthony LaManna wrote about his time working at the Lincoln Memorial and how it changed the path of his life. "I had no more idea of studying law than the man on the moon, until I started working in the Lincoln Memorial."
The construction and dedication of this memorial not only stood as a symbol of one our great presidents, but also as a temple to our reunification as a people. Despite the construction of the Lincoln Memorial, the nation would have a long way to go toward the completion of those ideals for which Abraham Lincoln stood.
March 27, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the ceremonial planting of Japanese flowering cherry trees along the Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Iwa Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador.
December 16, 2011Posted by: Paul O'Brian, Park Ranger
The Battle of the Bulge developed as the Germans encircled the town of Bastogne, Belgium. One of those Americans who remembered those cold, snowy days, and who also received a copy of the famous offer of surrender of Bastogne, was my father, Thomas R. O’Brian
August 22, 2011Posted by: Nathan King, Park Ranger
By energizing millions of supporters around the country, King aimed to do more than win a few court cases on specific issues; he aimed to awaken the American conscience. "The arc of the moral universe is long," King said, "but it bends toward justice." King would bend the arc with a revolutionary form of protest.
The original gift of Cherry Trees from Japan in 1910 had to be destroyed due to disease and infestation. There was an additional gift made two years later that became the basis for the trees we still have today.