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Marian Anderson singing at Lincoln Memorial 1939

Step Back in Time with Marian Anderson Singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939

By Caroline M. Harper / January 11, 2020

“Whoa, did you feel that?! You just traveled back to the year 1939!” As my kids and I ducked under some trees to find relief from the hot sun, we stood next to the Reflecting Pool and looked up at the Lincoln Memorial. I wanted to grab their attention and…

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Who Started the Smithsonian Institute? An Introduction to the Smithsonian on the National Mall

By Caroline M. Harper / November 18, 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Smithsonian Institute and you may even have visited one of its many world-class museums, galleries, or zoo in Washington, DC, but do you know how it came to be?! Growing up in Virginia, my parents often took us to the museums in Washington, DC.…

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