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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.

The G.I. Bill of Rights - Reward and Investment

November 09, 2012 Posted 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.

 

Learning from Collections: From Stone Carver to Lawyer

June 19, 2012 Posted 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."

 

Honoring Service and Sacrifice

May 01, 2012 Posted by: Paul O'Brian, Park Ranger

Park Ranger Paul O'Brian reflects on the World War II Memorial and his family in the World War II era.

 

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.

 

Aw, Nuts!

December 16, 2011 Posted 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

 

The Pride and Power of Nonviolence

August 22, 2011 Posted 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.

 

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The National Mall and Memorial Parks manages park properties throughout downtown D.C. including McPherson Square, DuPont Circle, and Farragut Square.