The Smithsonian: America’s Attic

On August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress after British scientist James Smithson donated $500,000. Established “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” the Smithsonian is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. The institution is named after its founding donor, James Smithson. Originally organized as the “United States National Museum,” … Continue reading The Smithsonian: America’s Attic

The Residence Act of 1790 & the Development of Washington, D.C.

On July 16, 1790, the District of Columbia was established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, the City of Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. Washington is the principal city of the Washington metropolitan area, … Continue reading The Residence Act of 1790 & the Development of Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Assassinated!

At about 10:20 p.m. on April 14, 1865, 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Shot in the head as he watched the play, Lincoln died the following day at 7:22 a.m., in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the … Continue reading Lincoln Assassinated!

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on February 21, 1885. ASAD previously covered the early history of the monument’s design and construction in a post on the December 6 anniversary of its completion. At the dedication ceremonies, over 800 people were present on the monument grounds to hear speeches during a frigid day by Ohio Senator John Sherman, the Reverend Henderson Suter, William … Continue reading Washington Monument

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America

Abraham Lincoln was born on  February 12, 1809, growing up to become an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War — its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America

Christmas 2017 – The U.S. National Christmas Tree (1963)

The National Christmas Tree is a large evergreen tree located in the northeast quadrant of The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated as a Christmas tree. Every early December, the tree is traditionally lit by the President of the United States. Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks during the tree … Continue reading Christmas 2017 – The U.S. National Christmas Tree (1963)

Completion of the Washington Monument

Construction of the Washington Monument was completed on December 6, 1884. The famous obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7 11⁄32 inches (169.046 meters) tall according to the National … Continue reading Completion of the Washington Monument