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 (Image: Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. [Between 1980 and 2006] Photograph/Library of Congress)
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. […]

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. […]

Gavel on USA Flag
American History

What Happens Inside the U.S. 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. […]

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