Washington Monument To Reopen Today After Being Closed Nearly Three Years

After nearly three years of being closed for repairs to fix cracks the Washington Monument sustained from an August 2011 earthquake, the iconic monolith was scheduled to reopen to the public today.

Don't Be Surprised To Hear National Park Visitation Dropped Last Year

When the National Park Service finalizes its visitation numbers for last year, don't be surprised to hear there was a decline from the 283 million tally made in 2012.

Philanthropist Donates Millions for Washington Monument Repairs

Billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein has donated $7.5 million in matching funds to repair earthquake damage to one of America's most iconic structures, the Washington Monument.

Inspection Shows Cracks in Top Of Washington Monument, Prompting Call To Engineers With Earthquake Expertise

A closer inspection of the Washington Monument in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake has revealed cracks in the uppermost section of the monument, prompting the National Park Service to call in structural engineers with expertise in earthquake engineering to assess the damage.

Cracks Caused By Earthquake Closes Washington Monument

Engineers are taking another look at the Washington Monument today to determine whether any cracks caused by Tuesday's earthquake created structural problems with the iconic monument in Washington, D.C.

Interior Department Releases Preferred Plan for National Mall

The nation's front yard, frayed, rutted, and overwhelmed by millions of feet and years of neglect, is going to be given a much-needed makeover if the Interior Department can figure out how to raise at least $650 million, and likely quite a bit more.

By the Numbers: The Washington Monument

It’s George Washington’s Birthday, so let’s take a (somewhat lighthearted) statistical look at his most famous monument. I’m betting that there’s at least one number in here that will surprise, shock, or delight you. The best is saved for last.

National Park Service Prepares to Host Millions of Visitors for the Presidential Inauguration and Parade

With crowds predicted to number three-four million or more, the National Park Service is scrambling to accommodate the largest event in its history.

Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, Part II

The event in American history prior to the Civil War that had the most potential to inspire the preservation of historic places was the American Revolution. Yet, between the Revolution and the Civil War, historic site preservation in America was limited and sporadic.

Saturday: Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, Part II

Where, and when, did Americans first think of preserving places for history's sake? In part two of his look at the history and preservation of America's Civil War battlefields, historian Richard West Sellars takes a look at efforts in the United States to preserve places of history prior to the Civil War.