Histories of the National Mall launched in 2014 and is no longer being updated. 

What is in this Site?

The site takes you on a tour of the National Mall's rich past by offering historical maps, a chronology of past events, short bios of significant individuals, and episodes in the Mall's history. The site is designed for mobile devices while touring the Mall, or at home on a desktop browser.

The site's major sections let you follow different paths into the history of the Mall:

*You will never need to download a separate app or additional software to access the content of this website.

Using this Site on the Mall

The site is designed to work well while touring on the Mall on a smartphone, tablet, or any device with an internet connection. If WIFI is available on your device, you will see public networks are available on the Mall from the Smithsonian Institution (SI-public) and the District of Columbia (DC-Public). Sometimes the networks are slow, because of heavy use. 

The strongest outdoor WIFI connections are near the museum buildings, between the US Capitol building and 14th Street, NW.


The National Endowment for the Humanities generously funded the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University, to develop Histories of the National Mall.

Learn more about the project's development, design, and project team.


The National Council on Public History selected Histories of the National Mall as the Outstanding Public History Project for 2015.


Follow our Tumblr or like us on Facebook.

Share your thoughts or images of exploring the Mall by tweeting at us: @mallhistories.