Washington Monument

When Washington D.C. Became a Tourist Destination

When the U.S. federal government first moved to D.C. in 1800, the city was still largely swamp. Tourists didn't start to visit until many decades later.
Lincoln Memorial

The Fight to Build the Lincoln Memorial

From location disputes to the type of memorial itself, the fight over how to best respect Lincoln's legacy eventually led to the Lincoln Memorial.  

Father Junípero Serra: His Statue and Contested Legacy

While Father Junípero Serra may earn posthumous canonization this fall, his statue in D.C. may be getting the boot.
Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, Busker Redux

Joshua Bell, a world-renowned violinist, tries busking in Washington's metro.