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NPS Sites, Museums Affected by Shutdown

The partial government shutdown has closed some sites and left others without food kiosks and restrooms. The Smithsonian museums are open as usual.

A State Funeral Illuminates the Life of George H.W. Bush and America         

State funerals are high and mighty, sometimes surreal occasions, solemn and full of formality, and, contrarily, stretched to the limits of theatrical and historical high...

Georgetown Marks Armistice Centenary

A solemn International Service of Remembrance, attended by representatives from nations involved in World War I, was held at Christ Church on Nov. 11.

DAR Unveils New Marker at Oak Hill

The legacy of William Tyler Page lives on in the American’s Creed, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It is still read by new citizens at their naturalization ceremonies.

World War I at Tudor Place

During the war, Armistead Peter 3rd was stationed in Washington. He would go on to combat in World War II, returning to Georgetown, where he established the foundation that now oversees Tudor Place.

Canal Renewal: Lock 3 Gates Installed

In the coming year, the NPS will refill the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal with water. In 2020, a replica canal boat, for rides and educational purposes, is expected.

More Arlington Bridge Closures

The 86-year-old bridge, closed daily from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. since Wednesday, Oct. 3, will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, and remain closed all weekend, reopening at 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

Autumn Welcomed at Tudor Place

The third annual “Brews, Booze & Bites” party offered a taste of the spirits and flavors popular during the 18th century, when the Tudor Place mansion and gardens were constructed.

The Future of the Arts and Industries Building? The Future Itself

Though “A.I.B.” is the second-oldest Smithsonian building on the Mall — it opened as the National Museum in 1881 — it has a history of displaying technological wonders, starting with marvels of engineering from the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

Georgetowner Was First Miss America

Margaret Gorman was crowned “Miss America” in 1921. She also snagged a less politically correct title, “The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl,” for her turn at the “Bather’s Revue.”