Unexplored Tales of the City - Pop Culture on the National Mall
Saturday, August 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Jefferson Memorial Front Plaza
Join park rangers as they lead a bike tour exploring the history of the National Mall from a slightly different angle. This won't be your average, textbook history of the monuments and memorials, but history through the eyes of film, music, sports, and other modes of popular culture. Aliens crash into the Washington Monument in The Day the Earth Stood Still, Nixon welcomes Elvis to the White House, Houdini wants to parachute off the top of the Washington Monument, Jenny runs through the Reflecting Pool in Forrest Gump, and much, much more. Come out and hear how popular culture has changed our perspective in these alternative annals of history.
Sunday, August 3, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson Memorial plaza
Join the park ranger for a three-hour bike tour of the National Mall that explores the magnificent architecture of John Russell Pope. Few architects have played a greater role, in terms of major architectural contributions, to the appearance of modern Washington, D.C., than J. R. Pope. Pope was noted for his strict adherence to classical forms of architecture, and was referred to as the last of the Romans. The tour will consist of visits to & discussions of: The Lincoln Memorial, The American Pharmaceutical Association Building, Constitution Hall (D.A.R.), The National Archives Building, The West Wing of the National Gallery of Art, and The Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
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