History Stories
CATEGORY: District of Columbia
One of D.C.’s Best Statues is Hidden in Plain Sight Outside a Starbucks
August 21, 2017

It's easy to miss this striking civil rights monument at Union Station. Read More

8 Forgotten Capitals of the United States
July 16, 2015

Explore the eight other locales that were once the seats of American power. Read More

Design Competition Launched for National World War I Memorial
July 2, 2015

Two weeks remain in an open competition to submit designs for the latest monument to be constructed in Washington, D.C.—the World War I Memorial. Read More

The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs
February 12, 2015

Look back at some of the bizarre alternate designs, including an Egyptian pyramid, proposed for the Lincoln Memorial. Read More

The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago
August 22, 2014

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington. Read More

After 33 Months, Washington Monument Reopens to the Public
May 12, 2014

The Washington Monument welcomed visitors today for the first time in more than two-and-a-half years, after a painstaking restoration to repair earthquake damage. Read More

5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Monument
October 9, 2013

Find out some fascinating facts about this American landmark, which opened to the public 125 years ago. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
April 26, 2013

On Saturday, the worlds of Washington, D.C. and Hollywood will once again collide as the nation’s capital plays host to the annual affair. Read More

History of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
April 27, 2012

Find out more about the origins and evolution of the annual event. Read More

The Drama Behind 100 Years of Washington’s Cherry Blossoms
March 20, 2012

Beginning today, this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the planting of Japanese cherry trees in Washington, D.C. Read More