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Historic Sites, Monuments & Memorials in Metro DC

DC is rich in historic sites, monuments & memorials. Let CultureCapital guide you to the monuments you know and those that are off the beaten track, as you discover the history of our nation.

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Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
National Archives
Thu, October 23
Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author, co-author or editor of over 40 books will participate in a discussion including the publishing giants who dominated Civil War journalism.
Fall Foliage Tea and Tour
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat, October 25
Stroll through Tudor Place’s 5 1/2 acres of gardens with Suzanne Bouchard, Director of Gardens and Grounds. The tour will highlight old-growth trees and their seasonal color, including several 200 year old ''witness trees.'' After your tour, enjoy a full afternoon tea complete with scones, sandwiches and petite desserts in the elegant Victorian Dower House.
Haunted Chocolate House: A Workshop for Children
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat, October 25
Enjoy a Spooktacular family-friendly tour through the historic gardens. After the tour, children participate in a chilling chocolate workshop to create 3-D haunted chocolate houses to take home (one per child registered).
Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England
Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Sun, October 26
This show features pedigrees and family trees, books explaining heraldry’s complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents written by professional heralds seeking to regulate heraldic practice in a fast-changing society. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare’s own coat of arms.
English Country Dance in DC
Dumbarton House
Sun, October 26
English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century and was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras.
Codebreaker (Film Screening)
National Archives
Mon, October 27
This feature-length docu-drama details the highs and lows of Alan Turing’s life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution, and his tragic death in 1954. (2011; 81 minutes.) Following the film, Executive Producer Patrick Sammon will discuss and answer audience questions.
Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue, October 28
This lively guided walk traces the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood across the five-and-a-half-acre landscape.
Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe
Dumbarton House
Thru Sun, November 2
Throughout this exhibition, Dumbarton House aims to present what life on the home front was like during the War of 1812—the suspense, the fear and excitement, the concerns, beliefs and hopes, the highs and lows that the citizens of this country endured for two and a half years of war on their soil.
Emilie Brzezinski: The Lure of the Forest
Kreeger Museum
Thru Sat, December 27
The Kreeger Museum presents an exhibition of monumental wood sculptures by Emilie Brzezinski.
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures
National Archives
Thru Monday, January 5, 2015
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures features original signatures from our nationwide holdings. From developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law, they illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.
John L. Dreyfuss' Inventions
Kreeger Museum
Thru Saturday, April 1, 2017
Rendered for the first time at monumental scale in composite materials, these extraordinary works simultaneously draw on ancient and primal references, while being distinctly contemporary in their conception.
Highlights
Dumbarton House
District of Columbia
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Fairfax County, Virginia
Kreeger Museum
District of Columbia
Montpelier Mansion
Prince George's County, Maryland
National Archives
District of Columbia
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
District of Columbia