April 7, 2002 |
Starting Tuesday, visitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will encounter a new fixture: the George Mason National Memorial. Occupying about two acres along Ohio Drive near the 14th Street Bridge and the Jefferson Memorial, it honors the man who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776, which asserted "that all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights...." The concepts were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence.
May 7, 2000 |
Michele Cooley-Quille knew that when she arrived for the weekend Jefferson family reunion, she might not be welcomed with open arms. Same for Mary Jefferson. Likewise for Shay Banks Young. But these distant cousins--Jefferson is white, the other two are black--attended the Jefferson family reunion this weekend in Charlottesville anyway. The three, along with about 17 others, came to seek recognition as descendants of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings.
March 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The nation's capital is celebrating the gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees from Japan in 1912. Because of mild weather, the trees, which circle the Tidal Basin, bloomed earlier than usual this year and have passed peak. But that's not stopping festivities commemorating the 100-year-old gift. The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off March 20 and will last until April 27. The National Park Service will host programs through April 15. Even if the trees aren't in full bloom, a stroll around Tidal Basin - between the Potomac River and Washington Channel - is enjoyable and educational.
April 7, 1995 |
The National Park Service on Thursday announced new regulations banning the sale of T-shirts on Washington's federal parkland, including the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Mall and other sites now overrun by vendors' tables. George T. Frampton Jr., assistant secretary of the Interior, said the new rules are necessary to stop Washington's monuments from turning into giant open-air bazaars.
March 24, 1996
The spring tourist season is beginning in Washington, D.C., where there's something new on the Potomac River and something old at the White House. A new "water bus" is scheduled to begin plying the Potomac River by next Sunday, the opening day of the annual two-week Cherry Blossom Festival. Washington Water Bus will operate four electric-powered boats through October.
March 4, 1985 |
Farm state lawmakers, addressing about 700 farmers gathered on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, today called on President Reagan to sign a debt-relief bill "to keep our farmers on the land." Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) charged that Reagan's "Second American Revolution" is a "repeal of all that Thomas Jefferson and our forefathers fought for in the real American Revolution." Speakers referred often to Jefferson, who supported widespread ownership of farmland by small farmers.
March 7, 1991 |
The Japanese cherry trees that grace the nation's capital are expected to bloom early this year, perhaps before last year's record of March 15, the National Parks Service reported Wednesday. Spokesman Earle Kittleman said that if favorable weather conditions continue, this year's cherry blossoms are likely to be spectacular. But he said the trees' delicate blooms are vulnerable to cold weather, high winds and driving rain.
September 20, 1989
John McShain, the developer, hotel magnate and contractor who built some of the most significant public buildings in the country including the Pentagon, the State Department Building and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, has died of a stroke at his retirement estate in Killarney, Ireland. He was 90 when he died Sept. 9, it was learned this week. His company, John McShain Inc.
August 15, 2005 |
Is the Mall now complete? One group of Washington advocates doesn't think so, no matter what Congress and federal planners say. At issue is the place that many Americans envision when they think of the nation's capital: the great green rectangle lined by museums and bounded by the Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol, White House and Jefferson Memorial, with the Washington Monument in the middle.
October 2, 2013 |
National monuments around the country remain closed following Tuesday's partial shutdown of the federal government. The National Park Service, which oversees such monuments as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and the Statue of Liberty in the New York area, said that all monuments and parks will remain shuttered and that their webpages will remain nonoperational. The government shutdown, which started after Congress failed to reach an agreement on spending, also has resulted in the closure of all Smithsonian museums in Washington and New York.