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May 26, 2015

National Mall Giving Away Tickets to Landmark Music Festival

The festival is a fundraiser for National Mall upgrades, due to wear and tear from millions of visitor a year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The festival is a fundraiser for necessary National Mall upgrades, due to wear and tear from millions of visitor a year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of an effort to publicize the National Mall’s first-ever music festival and make it accessible, the Trust for the National Mall is giving away 1,000 tickets this week to the Landmark Music Festival.

Potential festival goers can enter the lottery to win a pair of 2-day passes to the festival, which will take place Sept. 26-27 at West Potomac Park, south of the National Mall. The Trust for the National Mall will be giving away 500 pairs of passes; the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Full story

May 8, 2015

WWII Air Parade to Fly Over National Mall (Updated)

The flyover begins with a World War II Memorial ceremony featuring veterans and dignitaries(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The flyover begins with a World War II Memorial ceremony featuring veterans and dignitaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:01 a.m. | Look toward the National Mall around noon Friday to catch some unusual activity in the restricted airspace above the National Mall. No, the Capital region is not expecting another gyrocopter. This time it’s an air parade, featuring World War II bombers and fighters, such as Lockheed’s historic P-38 Lightening. Full story

January 8, 2015

‘The Great War’ Memorial’s Great Journey

The new WWI memorial will not infringe upon the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call)

The new WWI memorial will not infringe upon the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Achieving approval to establish a national World War I memorial in the District of Columbia took longer than the war itself.

After six years of advocacy, the effort culminated in a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014. Roughly 1,400 pages into the 1,600-page document is a series of sections commemorating the 100th anniversary of “The Great War.” Full story

December 2, 2014

Virtual ‘Giving Tower’ Visible on National Mall

Marker for the Giving Tower. (Courtesy of the Trust for the National Mall)

Marker for the Giving Tower. (Courtesy Trust for the National Mall)

Visitors to the National Mall can point their smartphone or tablet at a new structure Tuesday, and a holographic, multicolored tower will appear on their screen, representing charitable donations made on “Giving Tuesday.”

“I think that the interesting and amazing thing about the National Mall is it is this open and diverse place where the Park Service is getting more creative about how its used,” Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall, said Tuesday in a phone interview. “I do think [the tower] is a new way to engage people who visit the National Mall.” Full story

October 28, 2014

Grant Gerber, Nevada Activist, Dies From Fall Sustained on Horseback Ride to Capitol Hill

Gerber died nine days after the Grass March Cowboy Express visited Capitol Hill. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Participants in the Grass March Cowboy Express visited Capitol Hill. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

A horseback protest that trotted through Washington on Oct. 16 turned out to be one of the final rides of Nevada conservative activist Grant Gerber’s life.

The Elko County Commissioner, hailed by friends as a “freedom fighter,” died nine days after visiting Capitol Hill with the Grass March Cowboy Express to voice frustrations over Bureau of Land Management grazing policies. Gerber was 72.

Twelve days into the cross-country journey, Gerber sustained a severe concussion when the horse he was riding took a tumble in Kansas. He was examined and released from a St. Louis, Mo., hospital with no sign of bleeding. Gerber felt he was healing as the caravan continued on its quest. An ominous email written before the ride began explained his determination. Full story

October 1, 2014

NPS Is Live-Streaming From Top of National Monument

A tiny webcam is capturing action on the National Mall from the top of the Washington Monument. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A tiny webcam is capturing action on the National Mall from the top of the Washington Monument. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Just in time for the debut of a massive art exhibit spanning six acres of the National Mall, engineers have installed a live-streaming webcam near the top of the Washington Monument.

The National Park Service has partnered with EarthCam to fit a small, powerful camera into a pre-existing hole in the 555 foot tall national landmark. The feed, which captures the World War II Memorial, the reflecting pool and other iconic scenery, also shows Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s facescape, “Out of Many, One.”

Throughout September, more than 2,000 tons of sand, 800 tons of soil and 10,000 wooden pegs were installed on the mall for a work of art similar to what Rodríguez-Gerada has created for cities around the world, including in Belfast and Barcelona. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association helped make the project viewable to the public with EarthCam.

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This temporary installation is a composite portrait, blending the features of 18- to 25-year-old men from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds whom Rodríguez-Gerada photographed on the streets of Washington, D.C. Full story

September 19, 2014

Treaties Exhibit Ushers in 10 Years of American Indian Museum

Indigenous leaders from the Cowboy and Indian Alliance participate in a Capitol Hill protest in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Museum of the American Indian will open its first exhibit exploring the contentious issue of treaties between the U.S. government and Indian nations next week.

“This exhibit is a tangible reminder of the federal government’s relationship with sovereign tribal nations of this country,” Senate Indian Affairs Chairman Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Thursday. “It’s also a reminder of the moral and legal obligations that the United States has to honor and uphold our treaties with Indian country.”

Tester addressed a group gathered at a day-long symposium at the museum discussing the exhibit. “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations” opened on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the opening of the museum. The exhibit will continue until the fall of 2018.

Museum Director Kevin Gover said during a preview Tuesday the display was years in the making and came at the request of a number of tribes and members of Congress. Full story

August 25, 2014

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada Hopes to Change Perception of ‘Melting Pot’ With National Mall Exhibit

“Out of Many, One,” a massive facescape, will transform the National Mall this fall. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Out of Many, One,” a massive facescape, will transform the National Mall this fall. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Mall is getting a new face this fall, composed of approximately 2,000 tons of sand, 800 tons of soil, 10,000 wooden pegs and miles of twine.

Six acres of land midway between the World War II and Lincoln memorials will transform into a grand landscape etching by Cuban-American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. The work is a composite portrait, blending the features of 18 to 25-year-old males from a variety of different racial and ethnic backgrounds whom Rodríguez-Gerada photographed on the streets of Washington, D.C.

“It’s a good time to contemplate our young men,” the artist told CQ Roll Call in a phone call from Spain. “We’re born with an identity and a face. It’s something we didn’t choose, but it affects us for the rest of our life.” Full story

August 8, 2014

‘House of Cards’ Film Crew Hits National Mall on Saturday

Could more filming be coming to the Capitol grounds? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Could more filming be coming to the Capitol grounds? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“House of Cards” is filming around the National Mall on Saturday, according to the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.

It’s unlikely fans of the wildly popular Netflix series will spot stars Kevin Spacey or Robin Wright during the 10-hour set. Crews will be “shooting ‘drive-bys’, b-roll, and a mock-motorcade scene,” says a notice posted on the agency’s site.

Local officials would love to have the show, which shoots most of its scenes in Baltimore and other areas, do more production in the District, but filming in D.C. has its challenges — especially on the Capitol grounds. Full story

July 7, 2014

Volkswagen Helps Clean Up Fourth of July Debris on National Mall

One of Europe’s largest carmakers helped America take out the trash after its 238th birthday.

Volkswagen Group of America Inc. — part of the German-based auto manufacturer that makes Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley cars — volunteered 250 hours of service to help clean up the National Mall in the wake of Independence Day celebrations.

“There’s 60 or 70 employees, and they do service,” Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said during a water break near the Washington Monument. “They clean up the leftovers from the Fourth of July. They paint the fences.” Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 12:28 p.m.
Campus, National Mall

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