January 31, 2012 |
Occupy D.C. protesters spent Monday night huddled under the celestial sweep of a blue tarp they had erected in McPherson Square, talking, singing and, yes, sleeping — in defiance of rules that prohibit overnight camping in the park. As morning dawned Tuesday, a contingent of Park Police arrived to ask the protesters to remove the "Tent of Dreams" they had draped over the park's statue of Civil War Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson in an act of civil disobedience, marking their displeasure over...
April 30, 2013 |
The front door of the old rowhouse on Ninth Street NW needs a shove to get it free, and it creaks as Joy G. Kinard slowly pushes it open. Except for its ghosts, it's empty inside. Part of the hallway ceiling has come down, and the paint on the spiral staircase is flaking off. A rear wall is held up with steel girders, and, out front, the "National Historic Landmark" plaque is dirty and faded. But as Kinard, of the National Park Service, enters, the story of Carter G. Woodson's...
July 5, 2012 |
Summer's in full swing, and unless your family is rather Romney -esque , there's a chance you'll be spending some time in one of the country's hundreds of national parks. Which makes it a good time to chat with Jonathan Jarvis , the head of the National Park Service . The Park Service oversees about 84 million acres of land, from Alaska to the Virgin Islands. The former ranger tells the Loop about his secret talents (the man knows his way around a dovetail joint)
November 13, 2011 |
THE DEDICATION OF the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was a beautiful and proud moment for the United States. Now Americans will begin the process of getting to know their newest monument, visiting by day and night, meditating on the words carved in stone. We hope before that process goes much further, though, a meaningful flaw in the monument will be fixed. As we've noted before , one King quotation has been paraphrased to the point of total distortion. A spokesman for the...
November 23, 2011 |
I can tell you where almost every monument is. There's over 200. It's kind of all in my head, but we also have a database. It includes all of the structures, both monuments and architectural features, buildings — anything that's a built feature. That gets reviewed every five or six years to determine the condition of something. And if we find that the condition is fair, that becomes a priority to work on it to make it good. After having been in the field...
April 29, 2013 |
It was the biggest battle of the war, unequaled in scale and violence by anything seen before or since on this continent. Two immense armies collided in the fields and orchards and woods around Gettysburg, Pa., on July 1, 1863, and fought for three days, full-bore, no quarter given, a massive smash-up that was arguably the pivotal moment of the great conflict that sits at the heart of American history. Abraham Lincoln called what happened in Gettysburg "a new birth of freedom," a phrase that chiseled its way into our...