Founding Father

Author of the Declaration of Independence, statesman and visionary for the founding of a nation. Read More

Poster of a desk surrounded by national park gear with the Capitol out the window

2021 Presidential Inauguration

It's going virtual! "Park" at home with us for Inauguration Day celebrations. We've got some presidential stories to tell in national parks.

Statue being lifted into place

History of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Bronze statue being lifted into place within the memorial chamber

Jefferson Memorial at night

A Monumental Design

Thomas Jefferson was a passionate student of architecture, and elements of his influential designs appear in the memorial.

Jefferson Memorial under construction

"A Shrine to Freedom"

A timeline and photographs show how 75 years ago plans to memorialize America's third president were realized.

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

A Spokesman for Democracy

Thomas Jefferson was a complex, 19th-century man with a wide ranging impact on the very makeup of American itself.

Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry trees

A Pantheon Among the Cherry Blossoms

Situated on the Tidal Basin among the Japanese flowering cherry trees, the Jefferson Memorial is the perfect place to experience peak bloom.

Last updated: January 15, 2021

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