Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
American History

Washington, D.C. in the Time of Abraham Lincoln

March 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, was a city in the midst of transition. And anyone who walks D.C.’s streets today can come across powerful reminders of how this beloved American president—and the Civil War that defined his life—transformed the nation’s capital forever. […]

Pentagon Memorial (Image: Fred W. Baker III/United States Department of Defense /Public Domain)
American History

The Pentagon Building’s 9/11 Memorials

March 23, 2019

The Pentagon is one of the most iconic buildings in the Washington, D.C. area. On September 11, 2001, this grand military complex—the headquarters of the Department of Defense—was the site of a devastating terrorist attack. How did the Pentagon memorialize this traumatic national event? […]

Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC (Image: By EastVillage Images/Shutterstock)
American History

Who Built the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.?

March 20, 2019

Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a landmark feature of the nation’s capital and a must-see spot for visitors from around the world wishing to honor the fallen soldiers from a contentious 20th-century war. But the story of how this iconic Washington, D.C. memorial came to be is a tale of trauma, solidarity—and controversy. […]

Photograph of the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
American History

What Happens Inside the US Supreme Court?

March 20, 2019

For those of us outside the legal profession, the judicial branch may be the most opaque branch of the U.S. government—and the least understood. But it is by no means the least important. Here’s why it’s worth your time to come see the Supreme Court in action. […]

Image of Marian Anderson singing at Lincoln Memorial
American History

The Smithsonian Collection—Marian Anderson’s Mink Coat

April 7, 2017

On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939 African American contralto Marian Anderson performed an unprecedented open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. What she wore on that day illustrated that, despite stereotypes and obstacles, an African American woman could transcend entrenched social and cultural barriers to achieve fame, fortune, and success. […]

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