Histories of the National Mall

Explore historical maps, discover stories you never knew, find people and historical events related to the Mall's past.

Ken Burns, outdoor head shot, wearing blue shirt

Ken Burns Asks: “Who Are We As Americans?”

On May 9, 2016, Ken Burns will deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, speaking on the topic of “Race in America.”

Rosa Parks sits on the bus, Montgomery Alabama

Rosa Parks Papers

The Library of Congress digitized collection of primary sources relating to aspects of the private and public life of Rosa Parks. Teaching Resources include Rosa Parks: A Primary Source Collection and Rosa Parks Collection Video.

 

 

Benny Carter Jazz Appreciation Month poster, 2016

Jazz Appreciation Month 2016: Benny Carter and Democracy

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a major musician to commemorate.

Rembrandt "St. Paul in Prison."

Bible Odyssey

A multifaceted exploration of the people, places, as well as passages of the Bible is enriched by searchable themes, a timeline, glossary, and much more, including completely searchable texts for three English versions. 

Logo of culture of independence

Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom

Teacher developed lessons and videos from the 2015 NEH workshop offered by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Independence Hall and its ongoing role in creating a national and civil life.

  • William Henry Singleton: Boy Runaway

    Created February 29, 2016
  • Henry “Box” Brown’s Narrative: Creating Original Historical Fiction

    Created February 29, 2016
  • “Learning to Read” with Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's “Aunt Chloe”

    Created February 12, 2016
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    "Created Equal"

    NEH initiative of five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement .  The website contains five complete films, background essays, and a teachers' resource section with film clips, primary source documents, and lesson plans.