War of 1812
An unfinished Civil War memorial became an allegory for peace—and a scene of insurrection
While the building has seen politically motivated mayhem in the past, never before has a mob of insurrectionists tried to overturn a presidential election
The site was recently listed as part of the NPS’ Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
The nation's epic, expanding fight against terrorism overseas
America wasn't officially at war with France between 1798 and 1800, but tell that to the U.S. Navy
John Lewis was the grandnephew of the first President of the United States
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Gain new insight into the events of 1814 by attending these reenactments, concerts, walking tours and meals
From the burning of Washington to the siege of Baltimore, what happened in those late summer days?
The star-spangled war confirmed independence for the United States. But for Great Britain, it was a betrayal
In paintings, photos, music, videos and poetry, contemporary artists intrepret the flag that bravely waved above Fort McHenry
For years patriots clamored for swatches of the enormous flag that raised spirits at “dawn’s early light”
This summer, a ship named after naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry will set sail
Before the burning of the White House, the First Lady saved some red draperies. Could she have made a dress from them?
Remember the Raisin? You probably don't
Why did the country really go to war against the British? Which American icon came out of the forgotten war?
It is thanks to the first lady that the famous Stuart painting of George Washington survived the British army's invasion of D.C. in August 1814
After a decade’s conservation, the flag that inspired the National Anthem returns to its place of honor on the National Mall