History

Every presidential inauguration is a moment in our nation's history and each president has left their own legacy that shaped the country. Some presidents are honored with monuments and memorials for future generations to reflect on their life and legacy, including many iconic sites in the nation's capital. In honor of the presidential inauguration, follow the journeys of past presidents through places and stories found in national parks in D.C. and across the country.

Historic campaign flag with an image of Abraham Lincoln and text reading

Inauguration Stories

Learn about inaugurations of the past through histories, museum objects, and ranger stories.

Ranger taking a picture while standing next to a large event crowd

Making Inaugurations Happen

Meet some of the key planners that make presidential inaugurations happen and learn about the role of the National Park Service.

Statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower talking to soldiers

Presidential Places

Explore national parks in D.C. and throughout the country that are dedicated to remembering the life and legacy of U.S. presidents.

Cabin on a farm

Presidents

Discover places and stories of presidents—before, during, and after their time in office—preserved in national parks.

Last updated: January 18, 2021