Panda bear at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
American History

A Walk through the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

March 23, 2019

The National Zoo is home to an astounding 1,800 animals representing 300 species. Here’s what makes it not only a fun place to visit but an important part of research and conservation work in the United States and around the world. […]

Exterior of the National Cathedral in D.C.
American History

Exploring the National Cathedral with Its Chief Stone Mason

March 23, 2019

Washington’s National Cathedral is the second, largest church building in the United States. We talked with the cathedral’s chief stone mason, Joseph Alonso, about the building’s history—and efforts to recover from a 2011 earthquake. […]

Georgetown Old Stone House Washington D.C.
American History

A Tour of D.C.’s Must-See Historic Homes

March 23, 2019

History has been made in many of Washington, D.C.’s homes, both its grand mansions and its humble houses. You can learn a lot about D.C. history by stepping away from the federal buildings and grand memorials to visit some of its most historic—and glamorous—everyday homes. […]

yo yo ma performs on the cello at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in 2008
American History

Yo-Yo Ma on the Kennedy Center as the Nation’s Platform for the Arts

March 23, 2019

Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s greatest living musicians, has maintained a relationship with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was appointed as an Artistic Advisor at Large. He managed to make some time to talk to us about the Kennedy Center and its importance in the arts. […]

Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
American History

Why Should You Visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum?

March 23, 2019

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is a place not just for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also a place for all people. How does this powerful, sobering testament to man’s inhumanity to man help us consider our responsibilities in protecting the rights of all humankind? […]

Exterior of African American History museum in Washington D.C.
American History

Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture

March 23, 2019

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened at long last in September 2016 and immediately became one of the most popular attractions on the National Mall. About 2.5 million people visited the museum in its first year. So what is there to see inside the museum—and why should you visit? […]

Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
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. […]

The Pentagon in Washington D.C.
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? […]

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