Uncover the Historical and Cultural Gems of Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the interactive course guide for The Great Tours: Washington, D.C.. Here you will find select content from the course, as well as quizzes, reader polls, interactive maps, further reading suggestions, and more.

National Archives building in Washington D.C.

The National Archives and the Future of D.C.

Learn about the treasures within the National Archives, including original copies of America’s founding documents, historic murals, and the poignant Records of Rights exhibit. Revisit the history of D.C., and consider city plans that were never realized, “disappeared” Washington, and proposals for the city’s future. Conclude with thoughts on the dynamic, changing environment of D.C.
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Richard Kurin Photo

Presented by Professor Richard Kurin, Ph.D.
Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large
Richard Kurin is the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassadorat-Large, the first person in the history of the Smithsonian Institution to hold that title. He received his BA in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University at Buffalo, and he earned both his MA and his PhD in Anthropology from The University of Chicago. During his graduate studies, Dr. Kurin was awarded a FulbrightHays Doctoral Dissertation fellowship and a Social Science Research Council fellowship.