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Historical Markers and War Memorials in The National Mall, District of Columbia
Washington and Vicinity
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By encouraging Americans to spend time outside and eat more fresh produce, the Victory Garden Program promoted healthy habits. In addition to their physical health benefits, victory gardens helped boost morale by bringing communities . . . — — Map (db m164274) HM
The Victory Garden Program brought many different groups together to support a single cause. Corporations, private foundations, magazine publishers, and seed companies all contributed to the success of the project. These . . . — — Map (db m164278) HM
This garden is inspired by the victory gardens of World War II.
During America's involvement in World War II (1941-1945), the Victory Garden Program strove to reduce demand for commercially grown vegetables, packaging materials, and . . . — — Map (db m164272) HM
As well as encouraging people to grow their own produce, the Victory Garden Program urged Americans to conserve and ration raw materials needed for the war effort, such as cans, fuel, rubber, glass jars, and wax paper. . . . — — Map (db m164276) HM
President James A. Garfield was leaving Washington, DC for his college reunion. He entered the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad station that would have been standing in front of you on the morning of July 2, 1881. Charles Guiteau, a mentally ill office . . . — — Map (db m127343) HM
Philanthropist and publishing heiress Enid Annenberg Haupt (1906-2005) donated millions of dollars to support public gardens, horticultural institutions, and other green spaces in Washington, D.C., New York, and around the world. — — Map (db m110723) HM
Plant nomenclature is the naming of plants using the binomial (meaning "two names") system. The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus introduced this method in 1753. Binomial nomenclature uses Latin to communicate scientific information on a global . . . — — Map (db m110761) HM
Over 265,000 American women served during the Vietnam era (1956 through 1975) and over 11,000 saw duty in Vietnam. The majority served as nurses, caring for thousands of wounded servicemen in the difficult conditions of crowded transports, harsh . . . — — Map (db m7878) HM
More than 1,200 wildlife species in the United States—including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects—depend on dead or dying wood for their habitats.
What's the Snag?
A snag is a standing dead, or dying, tree. Snags . . . — — Map (db m188503) HM
In Congress, July 4, 1776.Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,
we . . . — — Map (db m137039) HM
The Washington Monument honors George Washington, hero of the American Revolution and first president of the United States. When this stunning stone obelisk was completed in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world. Today the monument . . . — — Map (db m194663) HM
The Washington Monument honors George Washington, hero of the American Revolution and first president of the United States. When this stunning stone obelisk was completed in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world. Today the monument . . . — — Map (db m194688) HM
As an important link between the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, the bridge itself is a memorial to those who have given their lives for their country. As the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, numerous dignitaries, . . . — — Map (db m140991) HM
The National Museum of American History is home to the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem. That flag's "broad stripes and bright stars" have shaped the Museum and its mission, as have the flags for every U.S. state and . . . — — Map (db m111539) HM
Acquired in 1886 by the Department of Living Animals, buffalo were penned behind the Smithsonian Castle before being moved to what is now the National Zoological Park. Their presence sparked public interest in the preservation of a vanishing . . . — — Map (db m110712) HM
The Federal Union of the States at the heart of Lincoln’s purpose is symbolized in his memorial by 36 columns beneath the names of the 36 states composing the Union in his lifetime. When the memorial was designed, the Union included 48 . . . — — Map (db m49457) HM
[Inscription on urn pedestal, 1856]:
This vase was erected by his friends in memory of
Andrew Jackson Downing
who died July 28, 1852, aged 37 years.
He was born, and lived, and died upon the Hudson River. His life was devoted . . . — — Map (db m46600) HM
Butterflies and bees love this plant, and so do people! Anise hyssop is named for its licorice-like scent. Used for tea by early Native Americans, it is also delicious in jellies and even cookies. The Latin word foeniculum refers to . . . — — Map (db m164289) HM
Arts an Industries
has been designated a
This site possesses National Significance
in Commemorating the History of the
United States of America
National Park Service
United . . . — — Map (db m108902) HM
The Arts and Industries Building, the second oldest Smithsonian building, was the first building designed for the National Museum, as the Smithsonian's first museum was known. It was constructed between 1879 and 1881 to meet the need for more . . . — — Map (db m108904) HM
You are standing in the "asteroid belt," a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter where countless rocks called asteroids orbit the Sun. Every so often icy body called comets pass through this region on their way to the inner solar system.
. . . — — Map (db m110092) HM
This tree commemorates the many contributions Native Americans have made to American agriculture, plants domesticated and harvested by Native Americans in the New World still make up a significant proportion of all vegetables produced worldwide. . . . — — Map (db m47743) HM
In the middle of the wetlands, you can see the entire life cycle of the unusual bald cypress tree. A fallen cypress was placed in the wetlands to evoke an authentic wetlands environment--and a young cypress has begun to grow out of the stump of the . . . — — Map (db m110077) HM
Before the National Air and Space opened in 1976, aviation collections were displayed in and around the Arts & Industries Building. Rocket Row became a landmark along the building's west side. — — Map (db m110788) HM
Is our Sun a normal star? Stars are great luminous spheres of hydrogen and helium gas held together by their own gravity. Most stars in our galaxy exist in pairs or even in multiple-star systems. So, our singular Sun is relatively unusual.
A . . . — — Map (db m111410) HM
In the mid-1800s, Dr. John Kennicott studied prairie plants with his son, Smithsonian naturalist and explorer Robert Kennicott. Their Grove Nursery, just north of Chicago, supplied Illinois settlers with native ornamental prairie plant like . . . — — Map (db m164284) HM
Nearly every Native community in North America has used the cattail as food, medicine, or raw material for baskets and mats. The cattail contains ten times the amount of starch as potatoes—an important source of energy.
The Micmac and . . . — — Map (db m113966) HM
A species of bluestem grasses, the broomsedge plant is distinguished by its slender stalk, straw-colored leaves, and orange fall foliage.
The roots of this grass were used by the Rappahannock tribe to soothe poison ivy rash and skin . . . — — Map (db m184308) HM
Built above an underground museum complex, the Haupt Garden is actually a rooftop garden. As such, the limited soil depth and the protection provided by the surrounding museums create a climate milder than is typical of the region. — — Map (db m184554) HM
Butterfly weed is used for both fiber and medicine. Like other milkweeds, butterfly weeds have seeds that drift away on the wind with a silky parachute called floss.
Did you know that American children helped out during World War II by . . . — — Map (db m164283) HM
Can you find symbols for the sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon on the Welcome Plaza?
They are embedded into the stone beneath your feet, in their positions at sunset on the museum's birth date: November 28, 1989. The . . . — — Map (db m114147) HM
Shhhh, quiet please! Listen.
Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock?
Stand in front of this boulder, and listen to the echo of the water. This stone surface amplifies sound, just like ancient Mayan ball courts. In . . . — — Map (db m113973) HM
Did you know that this type of stone was used to make arrowheads?
This 544 million-year-old rock is quartzite, a very hard stone used to make arrowheads by the local Nanticoke peoples. It came from Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland's . . . — — Map (db m114145) HM
This granite stone is one of the oldest on earth – four billion years old! Before its two-week journey to Washington, D.C., the Dogrib (Tlicho) community of Acasta Lake, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, blessed the stone. The Dogrib recount . . . — — Map (db m49627) HM
This boulder traveled more than 18,000 miles from the southernmost point of South America! Between 65 and 145 million years old, this granite stone was given to the museum by the Yagán people of Chile. The Yagán want this stone to represent their . . . — — Map (db m113961) HM
This 300-year-old lava stone has a name: Kane Po. After a 20-year stay at the museum, it will return to its home in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park near Hilo. Native Hawaiians consider it to be a living relative. It is one of four Cardinal . . . — — Map (db m113975) HM
Native peoples honor the Four Directions through ceremony, song, art, and architecture. On the edges of the museum site, four large stones known as Cardinal Direction Markers honor Native cultures of the north, south, east, and west. Can you . . . — — Map (db m113969) HM
On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, not far from here. On that same day, this carousel was part of a small but significant victory for Civil . . . — — Map (db m68236) HM
This tree commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1904 groundbreaking of the new National Museum. A wooded park, with a variety of trees including these cedars, previously stood here. — — Map (db m70231) HM
This portrait of an Olmec ruler is among 17 colossal heads known from one of the world’s great ancient civilizations. Without wheels or iron tools, the Olmec created spectacular monumental sculptures and ceremonial centers on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. . . . — — Map (db m39628) HM
Become an astronomer with your visit to the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory and its Cook Memorial Telescope. Harvard University purchased the telescope from Boller & Chivens in 1966 for its Oak Ridge Observatory. The telescope was used to . . . — — Map (db m111404) HM
This Asian tree was first introduced to the American South around 1790 by a French botanist.
The U.S. National Arboretum has bred over two dozen cultivars, including pink-blooming 'Sioux' and white-blooming 'Natchez.'
Notice how the flowers . . . — — Map (db m164286) HM
Wood helped build our cities and drive American prosperity. But its unrestricted harvesting has led to serious environmental issues. Today, scientists, gardeners, and forestry professionals are developing sustainable practices that allow us to . . . — — Map (db m164268) HM
”This temple will recall for all time their services and sacrifices.”
President Herbert Hoover, November 11, 1931
The Great War of 1914 to 1918 transformed the world.
The war introduced lethal new . . . — — Map (db m75903) HM
[Panel 1: northeast corner wayside.]
“This monument stands for men who fought not alone for their country, but to establish the principles of justice and peace. We pay tribute here to their valor. We honor them for their . . . — — Map (db m76573) HM
Sterling Ruby's prolific and inventive practice spans painting, photography, textiles, video, ceramics, sculpture, and even fashion design. He is especially well known for his provocative approach to materials; before making this work, he created . . . — — Map (db m184996) HM
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge...."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This tree named in honor of Dr. King January 14, . . . — — Map (db m70616) HM
These tiny spheres are the planet Earth and its Moon at one 10-billionth actual size.
If Earth were this big, how far away would the Sun and other planets be? Look at the map on the lower panel to find our position in the solar system.
. . . — — Map (db m113977) HM
This museum's eastern meadow environment consists of abundant grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. Several of the plants are perennials and live many years, growing or lying dormant with the seasons. Native traditional healers use meadows . . . — — Map (db m161599) HM
Eastern redcedar is connected to the spiritual traditions of many Native communities, including the Kiowa and Lenape (Delaware). The tree's unique red, aromatic heartwood is valued for ceremonial and medicinal uses.
Native peoples burn the . . . — — Map (db m184310) HM
A popular urban oasis since its completion in 1987, the 4.2-acre Enid A. Haupt Garden comprises three distinct gardens. The design of each reflects the cultural and aesthetic influences celebrated in the Smithsonian Castle and the surrounding . . . — — Map (db m110710) HM
During December 1977, a series of devastating grain elevator explosions resulted in the death of thirteen USDA employees working for the Federal Grain Inspection Service. On this 25th anniversary of their sacrifice, we dedicate this Bradford Pear . . . — — Map (db m47101) HM
On July 17, 1975, an American Apollo spacecraft and a Soviet Soyuz space craft docked in space for the first international manned space mission. Three months after the crewmembers of the Apollo-Soyuz test project—astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, . . . — — Map (db m109221) HM
Since the 1970s, Dan Graham has explored notions of space and perception, creating installations and sculptures that critique modernist suburban architecture and encourage audience participation. For Gordon Bunshaft, a site-specific . . . — — Map (db m184559) HM
Buffalo Dancer II
Case bronze, ed. 2/4
Gift of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, George Rivera and Glenn Green Galleries
For the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest, the Buffalo Dance is an enduring celebration, a prayer for the well-being . . . — — Map (db m113968) HM
Buffalo Dancer II, 2008
Cast bronze, ed. 2/4
Gift of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, George Rivera, and Glenn Green Galleries, 2010
For the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest, the Buffalo Dance is an enduring . . . — — Map (db m161596) HM
“One magnificent symbol of the bonds that tie our two great peoples together is the German-American Friendship Garden. This symbol of eternally renewing growth and strength will be dedicated this autumn here in the Capital. In its . . . — — Map (db m130364) HM
"One magnificent symbol of the bonds that tie our two great peoples together is the German-American Friendship Garden...In its growth, our own commitments to the well-being of America and Germany shall be cultivated and nurtured." . . . — — Map (db m130365) HM
The ready-cut Christmas tree industry started in the mid-nineteenth century with trees cut from the forest. The planting of trees in plantations began in the early twentieth century and increased greatly after the Second World War.
There are . . . — — Map (db m184538) HM
Rice is the oldest known cultivated food in the world tracing back to 5000 B.C.
Rice is a dietary staple of more than half the world's population and is grown on every continent except Antarctica. In the United States rice is commercially . . . — — Map (db m184539) HM
Many plants have a history of providing comfort, restoration, and inspiration. Different communities found medicinal purposes for plants and passed down knowledge from generation to generation. People sought answers for common ailments, spiritual . . . — — Map (db m164285) HM
Pollinator populations are at risk. Decades of stressors including the loss, degradation, and fragmentation of pollinator habitats; the improper use of pesticides and herbicides; and diseases, predation, and parasites have all hurt . . . — — Map (db m130681) HM
Although we may associate fungi with rotting food and fungal diseases, these incredible organisms play a beneficial role in our lives, from the plants we grow to the foods we eat to the medicine we take.
Improving the Soil
Fungi help . . . — — Map (db m164224) HM
In front of you stood the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station where President James A. Garfield was shot in 1881. Garfield served as the United States' 20th president for only four months before he was assassinated. A modest memorial to Garfield . . . — — Map (db m127347) HM
"Every officer in our navy should know by heart the deeds of John Paul Jones,"
President Theodore Roosevelt.
The American Revolution
A bold captain—fearless even when facing the superior British . . . — — Map (db m17764) HM
[North Face inscriptions - above and beneath Captain Jones' statue:] John Paul Jones
First to compel foreign man-of-war to strike colors to the Stars and Stripes.
[South Face inscriptions - above and beneath a bas relief . . . — — Map (db m19534) HM
Jupiter is a gas giant planet consisting mostly of hydrogen and helium. Astronomers have discovered more than 60 moons orbiting Jupiter. In 1610 Italian astronomer Galileo discovered the four largest moons, although he saw them only as "stars." . . . — — Map (db m111397) HM
[Inscription: Panel 1]:
Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.
1950 * Korea * 1953
Freedom Is Not Free . . . — — Map (db m8829) WM
On August 24, 1814, the British brought the war to the streets of Washington. After soundly defeating the Americans at nearby Bladensburg, enemy soldiers invaded the Nation's Capital—burning the President's House, U.S. Capitol, and other public . . . — — Map (db m74939) HM
[Dedication by Royal Cortissoz, above the statue by sculptor Daniel Chester French:]
"In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever."
[Inscription . . . — — Map (db m28607) HM
Welcome to the Reading Grove
This space provides a place to meet, rest, read, and reflect. Live oaks have long harbored gatherings, from religious services and classes to community celebrations.
Trees that were . . . — — Map (db m143315) HM
Building the Nation
The use of live oaks played a critical role in helping the nation grow from a colony to what it became—the United States of America. Ships were an essential means of transportation for moving people and products, and . . . — — Map (db m143312) HM
Early Conservation Efforts
In the past, live oaks were so valuable to shipbuilding and U.S. national security that in the early 1800s Congress passed laws to prevent them from being harvested illegally. The U.S. government also purchased and . . . — — Map (db m143310) HM
The circles and moon phases marked on the pavement refer to a phenomenon known as lunar standstills. Lunar standstills occur every 18.6 years when the moon reaches a northern extreme at summer solstice and a southern extreme at winter solstice. . . . — — Map (db m110068) HM
The National Museum of American History opened to the public as the Museum of History and Technology in 1964. The architectural firm McKim, Mead & White designed the building as a contemporary take on surrounding beaux-arts and classical structures. . . . — — Map (db m111540) HM
This tiny sphere is the planet Mars at one 10-billionth actual size. Its small moons can't be seen at this scale.
If Mars were this big, how far away would the Sun and other planets be? Look at the map on the lower panel to find your . . . — — Map (db m110566)
This museum's meadow environment consists of abundant grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. The plants are perennials, growing or lying dormant with the seasons.
Meadows are important sources of medicinal plants used by . . . — — Map (db m113955) HM
This tiny sphere is the planet Mercury at one 10-billionth actual size.
If Mercury were this big, how far away would the sun and other planets be? Look at the map on the lower panel to find your position in the solar system.
Bottom . . . — — Map (db m110564) HM
With their distinctive orange and black wings, monarchs are one of the most recognizable butterfly species in the world. They are also one of the most well-traveled, flying more than 3,000 miles each year to their winter homes in Mexico and . . . — — Map (db m184555) HM
The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. How did the Moon form? Scientists think it formed when a planetary object the size of Mars collided with Earth about 4.5 billion years ago. The Moon is covered with impact craters that formed when . . . — — Map (db m111398) HM
This memorial recognizes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian men and women who have served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, and the support and sacrifices . . . — — Map (db m161605) WM
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, bamboo, yam vines, and pigment
Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to explore how this family of contemporary clay sculptures, . . . — — Map (db m113956) HM
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, bamboo, yam vines, and pigment.
Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to explore how this family of contemporary clay . . . — — Map (db m113958) HM
Always Becoming, 2007
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, pigments
Commissioned from the artist, 2007
Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to . . . — — Map (db m161600) HM
Always Becoming, 2007
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, pigments
Commissioned from the artist, 2007
Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to explore . . . — — Map (db m161601) HM
Erected 1847-57. Designed by James Renwick, Jr. in twelfth century Romanesque style for the first offices, research laboratories, exhibits, collections, and lectures of the Smithsonian Institution. Dedicated to the increase and diffusion of . . . — — Map (db m46413) HM
This observatory is named to celebrate the spirit of Emma Phoebe Waterman Haas. In 1913 she became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She was the first woman to perform original research with . . . — — Map (db m114106) HM
A Long-Lived Species
The graceful ginkgo tree, with its distinctive fan-shaped leaves, lines urban streets all over the world. Ginkgo biloba is the sole survivor of an ancient seed-plant lineage that first appeared 200 million . . . — — Map (db m164282) HM
These tiny spheres are the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon Charon at one 10-billionth actual size.
If Pluto were this big, how far away would the Sun and planets be? Look at the map on the lower panel to find your position in the solar . . . — — Map (db m112462) HM
The Museum of History and Technology (later the National Museum of American History) was the first example of modernist architecture on the National Mall when it opened in 1964. Architect Walker Cain envisioned a landscape plan that would include . . . — — Map (db m111531) HM
For Yayoi Kusama pumpkins represent a source of radiant energy. They are, perhaps, the artist's most beloved motif, appearing in painting, drawings, sculptures, and some of her most important installations. Both endearing and grotesque, the giant . . . — — Map (db m114001) HM
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