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At the National Mall for Obama's Inauguration

January 28, 2009, 8:00 am
The debate goes on about how many people attended the Barack Obama inauguration. But all accounts agree between one and two million people from all over the world braved the sub-freezing temperatures of Washington. And no matter what count you use, the inauguration probably stands as the largest winter ...

Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday is Celebrated by National Gallery of Art

January 20, 2009, 8:09 am
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary celebration of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the National Gallery of Art will present a one-year focus exhibition, Designing the Lincoln Memorial: Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, on view in the West Building, Main Floor, starting February 12, 2009. The installation features ...

Where History Resides, History Awaits

January 20, 2009, 8:07 am
Melanie Seim sits on a park bench along the great boulevard of American history, the National Mall.The U.S. Capitol is on her right, decked out with massive American flags that hang like curtains over a stage. The Washington Monument is on her left, standing tall and glorious in the ...

How Safe is the National Mall on Inauguration Day?

January 20, 2009, 7:45 am
Putting aside the obvious safety concerns for the first African-American president getting sworn in tomorrow, there is a lot of nervousness about the huge, record-breaking crowd expected on the National Mall. That’s the mile-long green which stretches from the Lincoln Memorial on the Potomac River past the Washington Monument ...

Tips for Your Trip to the Inauguration

January 15, 2009, 8:05 am
Pack your patience and be prepared to walk if you're headed downtown for the Inauguration.You'll need to make a decision where you plan to be. It will be virtually impossible to move between the swearing in along the National Mall to the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue, officials ...

Shake Hands with George Washington

January 12, 2009, 1:16 pm
By Elif KaynakOur friends at the DC Chamber of Commerce are busy getting ready for the presidential inauguration of 44th president Barack Obama this month. During this special time in history, you’ll even get a chance to meet and shake hands with George Washington, our country’s first president ...

Quick Guide to the National Mall

January 12, 2009, 12:45 pm
As inspiring and breathtaking as the many natural wonders of this great nation is the legacy of its founding fathers (and mothers) and the countless individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold the standards and policies of this, our homeland. The monuments within the National Mall and Memorial ...

Coming to the Inauguration? Read This First, Then Think Again

January 8, 2009, 2:05 pm
All roads will lead to Washington on Inauguration Day, but many of them will be closed. With packed trains, buses and planes, how will as many as 2 million people who are hoping to witness history crowd into a city whose subway system usually accommodates 718,000 a ...

National Mall Reflects Magnificence and Neglect

January 8, 2009, 1:55 pm
Millions will cram shoulder to shoulder to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office this month as the nation's 44th president, another indelible snapshot of American democracy in full display on the National ...

Park Service Rolls Out Bike Sharing

January 7, 2009, 12:08 pm
About 300 National Park Service employees have the opportunity to get around D.C. in an environmentally-friendly way. In a one-year demo program between the NPS and Lousiville, Ky.-based Humana Inc., the health-benefit company is giving 30 bikes to NPS employees to help them cut down on auto gas ...

Can't Get to D.C. for Inauguration Day? Consider These Historic Alternatives

January 7, 2009, 12:00 pm
Shortly after Election Day, I had a terrific idea: I would take my son out of school and travel to Washington to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States. Alas, it stopped being a terrific idea around the same time ...

Civil Rights Leaders Declare Fundraising Success for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

December 4, 2008, 12:10 pm
Civil rights leaders gathered Wednesday to declare that they had finally overcome their money obstacles and raised more than $100 million to build the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. ...

White House Christmas Tree Lighting Closes Streets, Limits Parking

December 4, 2008, 12:04 pm
D.C. police are warning travelers of street closures near the White House during the afternoon rush hour for the lighting of the National Christmas ...

Entire National Mall Will Be Opened for Inauguration Day

December 4, 2008, 11:47 am
In keeping with its pledge to make the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama one of the most open and accessible in history, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced that, for the first time, the entire length of the National Mall will be opened to the public so that more ...

Park Service Selects Director for Capital Region

October 23, 2008, 10:33 am
The National Park Service has selected a veteran park ranger as the next director of the national capital region. Peggy O'Dell has served as superintendent of the National Mall since 2007. As regional director, she will oversee more than 87,000 acres of federal parkland in the District of Columbia, Maryland, ...