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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.

Pope's Jefferson Memorial

November 24, 2012 Posted by: Jan Buerger, Park Ranger

Jefferson knew that we would need constant reminders of our ideals: freedom, tolerance, and education. To deliver the message, John Russell Pope drew from Greek, Roman, and Renaissance architecture.

 

Jefferson and Adams: Two Paths to Destiny

July 30, 2012 Posted by: John Donoghue, Park Ranger

Jefferson and Adams' similarities and differences led them on intertwining paths to destiny.

 

Presidential Pets

June 24, 2012 Posted by: Nicole DeLuca, Park Ranger

From dogs to bears these first families had them all. But like the saying goes, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog!"

 

Did You Know?

First Lady Taft

First Lady Helen Herron Taft, noted for accepting the gift of the cherry trees to Washington D.C., was also noted for beautifing the city by encouraging flower "clubs" to add plants to the landscape. More...