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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.

 

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."

 

Acid Rain's Slow Dissolve

May 22, 2012 Posted by: Megan Nortrup, Science Communicator, National Capital Region

Remember acid rain? Although pollution levels have improved, it is still here, and you can see evidence of acid rain’s effects in several spots on the National Mall.

 

Cherry Tree Rebellion

March 15, 2012 Posted by: JoAnn Garcia, Park Ranger

A group of approximately 150 women, led by Cissy Patterson, seized shovels from workers, re-filled holes, and prepared for a stand-off against workers and bulldozers in order to help save the trees.

 

Did You Know?

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President Wilson saw Lt. George Boyle off on the first U.S. air mail flight, which left from a field behind the present-day FDR Memorial. After going the wrong way for over 20 miles, Boyle crashed his Curtiss Jenny in a Maryland farm field. On his second attempt, Boyle crashed again. Though Boyle survived, he was not permitted a third attempt.