Living History and Museums
The Century Opens: 1900-1920
- Woodrow Wilson House. President Wilson's home after he left the White House. Wilson made a radio address to the American People from The House on November 11, 1923, the fifth anniversary of Armistice Day – the first nationwide remote radio broadcast. Admission charged. 2340 S Street Northwest. Metro to Dupont Circle. Walk on Massachusetts Ave NW to 24th St. NW. Right on 24th St. NW to S St. NW. Right on S St. NW.
- Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site. Suffragist and Equal Rights Amen dment activist Alice Paul move d into the historic Sewall- Belmont House in 1929 and turned the house into the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party. Admission Charged. 2nd Street NE & Constitution Avenue NE. Metro to Union Station. Walk across Massachusetts Avenue and southeast to Second Street. South on Second Street to Constitution Ave.
Years of Tumult: 1920-1945
The Great Depression and the New Deal
- US Capitol Congressional Museum. Look at displays for this period. You do not have to take the Capitol Tour to see the free museum. Behind Emancipation Hall. US Capitol Visitors Center. Metro to Capitol South. Walk toward the Capitol. Visitors Center in front of Capitol Building.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. On the mall. Metro to the Smithsonian Station. Walk west on Independence Avenue until you see the Jefferson Memorial. Walk around the tidal basin to the Roosevelt Memorial.
- Experience America. American Art Museum. This is an exhibit of New Deal Art. If you go, take this art as rhetoric, paid for by the New Deal. Ask yourself what the message is, how it is rooted in the rhetoric of the New Deal, and how it contributed to the New Deal. Metro to Gallery Place. Exit to Galleries and you are there.
World War II
The Post War Years: 1945-1990
The Cold War
The Age of Movements
- Time Covers the 1960s. See how Time magazine covered the people, trends, and happenings that defined the 1960s.
Frankly, you might have to work on it with this exhibit. It is pretty sketchy. National Portrait Gallery. Metro to the Gallery Place. Walk across 7th St.
- The Early Sixties: American Culture.
Experience the culture of the early 1960s, the era in which the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, opened.
National Museum of
American History. On the Mall. Metro to the Smithsonian Station. Walk across Mall.
- The Struggle for Justice. Showcases major cultural and political figures who struggled to achieve civil rights for disenfranchised or marginalized groups. National Portrait Gallery. Metro to the Gallery Place. Walk across 7th St.
- Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom. This exhibition, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society. Library of Congress,
Jefferson Building. Metro to Union Station. Walk across Massachusetts Avenue and
southeast to First Street. South on First Street to Independence Ave. SE.
- 1964: Civil Rights at 50. Chronicles the events of a dramatic year in the civil rights movement, including Freedom Summer, "Mississippi Burning" and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Newseum (Entrance Fee Charged.) Metro to Archives. Walk across Seventh Street.
- Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement. Explores the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by making their voices heard and exercising their First Amendment rights. Newseum (Entrance Fee Charged.) Metro to Archives. Walk across Seventh Street.
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. As the first national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, the Bethune residence was a flurry of ac ti vi ty fr om 1943-1955. Today, the house holds both the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women’s History. Admission charged. 1318 Vermont Avenue, NE. Take Metro to U Street. Walk south on 13th Street NW to Logan Circle. Cross or go around the circle and continue southwest on Vermont Avenue NW. 1318 is one half block ahead on the right.
- Lincoln Memorial. Stand on the spot where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech. Visit the museum beneath the memorial. Independence Ave. SW & Daniel Chester French Dr. SW. Metro to Federal Triangle. Walk South to the Constitution Ave. Right on Constitution Ave. to the memorial.
- Martin Luther King Memorial. On the mall. Yes, they played loose with King's words in stone, but still worth a trip. Metro to the Smithsonian Station. Walk west on Independence Avenue until you see the Jefferson Memorial. Walk around the tidal basin to the King Memorial.
Globalization and the Conservative Coalition
Globalization and 9/11
- Chronicling an Attack on America This gallery explores the horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the extraordinary challenges that faced the journalists trying to report the news to a shaken nation and world. Newseum (Entrance Fee Charged.) Metro to Archives. Walk across Seventh Street.
Neo-Conservatism: The Case for Iraq