Symbols & Monuments

  • The Abraham Lincoln Memorial

    The Abraham Lincoln Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln is one of our most beloved Presidents, known for leading the country through the Civil War and reuniting the North and South. The country and the world were shocked and saddened when he was assassinated five days after the war ended.After Lincoln’s death, leaders wanted to build a…


  • The White House

    The White House

    When you think of Washington D.C., what do you think of? Chances are, the White House, official home to the President, is near the top of the list. George Washington is the only U.S. President who never lived in the White House, although he helped choose the land and the…


  • The Washington Monument

    The Washington Monument

    George Washington was the Continental army’s Commander in Chief during the Revolutionary War and he was also the first President of the United States. Known for his unfailing honesty and integrity, he was beloved by almost everyone and is still considered one of our best leaders. After the Revolutionary War,…


  • Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore, which is found in the Black Hills of South Dakota, was once just a towering granite cliff. In 1924, Doane Robinson, secretary of the South Dakota Historical Society, suggested carving famous Wild West figures out of the mountain to draw tourists to the area. Sculptor John Gutzon de…


  • The Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty has long been a symbol of freedom and hope to people all over the world, but have you ever wondered where she came from? France has often been called “America’s oldest ally.” France helped America during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. American troops…


  • The Star-Spangled Banner

    The Star-Spangled Banner

    The War of 1812 between the Americans and British lasted for three years. Only a few weeks after the British burned Washington D.C., destroying the Capitol, the President’s House, and the Treasury, they headed toward Baltimore. The only thing that stood in their way was Fort McHenry, which lay on…


  • Liberty Bell

    Liberty Bell

    Sometimes ordinary objects become special over time. The Liberty Bell is just such an object. The Liberty Bell began its life as an ordinary bell, ordered from London, to ring at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. Everyone was excited when the bell was delivered to the State House in…


  • The Great Seal of the United States

    The Great Seal of the United States

    During Medieval times and even earlier, important people added a seal made of wax to letters and documents. These seals proved that the letter was really written by the person who signed it. Seals were sometimes used to close letters to keep them secret.Today, seals are still used on official…


  • The Bald Eagle: An American Symbol

    The Bald Eagle: An American Symbol

    After the United States became a nation, the Founding Fathers wanted to choose a national emblem. The task was more difficult than they probably expected. Some people suggested the eagle. Benjamin Franklin disagreed because many other countries had previously chosen the eagle as their emblem. Franklin also said that eagles…


  • Old Glory: The Story of Our Flag

    Old Glory: The Story of Our Flag

    Schools, government buildings, libraries, churches, and even many homes display our flag, especially on patriotic holidays like the 4th of July, but have you ever wondered how we got the flag? “Old Glory” is one of the oldest symbols of our country, but she wasn’t the first flag.Old Glory, also…