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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.

Discover a Monument: George Mason Memorial

June 17, 2012 Posted by: Victor Pillow, Park Ranger

Thomas Jefferson referred to Mason as "the wisest man of his generation."

 

First Lady of Potomac Park: Nellie Taft

April 15, 2012 Posted by: Janet Buerger, Park Ranger

Within a month First Lady Taft had driven the first presidential auto to the new Potomac Park "Speedway," which she promptly renamed Potomac Drive, returning in hours with a plan for a Potomac Park.

 

Did You Know?

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The Washington Monument was damaged in an earthquake on August 23, 2011. Crews assessed the damage and found stones that were cracked, broken, and displaced throughout the structure.