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Washington DC is a beautiful place with a lot of beautiful people in its community. Our mission is to give parents, teachers, researchers, and visitors some ideas what to see in our nation's capital and surrounding area. There are over 12,000 photographs in our collection for you to explore.

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Smithsonian Kite Festival

Founded by aviation pioneer Paul E. Garber (1899-1992), the festival, one of the kite world's premier events, is sponsored by The Smithsonian Associates and the National Air and Space Museum, and features kite fliers from across the U.S. and the world.

Traditionally a part of the festivities at cherry blossom time in the Nation's Capital, the Smithsonian's colorful Kite Festival is one of the most popular annual events held on the National Mall.

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Springtime in Washington

Spring is the most anticipated season in Washington. March flower blossoms awaken our Nation's capital with bright color. The coming of the golden daffodils and forsythia urge Washingtonians to celebrate, as did Vivaldi in his Concerto in E ('Spring' in The Four Seasons) and Beethoven in his rather blustery Spring Concerto. The Biblical Song of Songs pays tribute to this glorious time of year. "See, the winter is past, flowers appear upon the earth and the season of singing birds returns."

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White House Easter Egg Roll

The annual tradition of the White House Easter Egg Roll for 2003 honored
active duty and reserve military service members and their families. Families from all military branches will join Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, for a day of activities on the White House South Lawn designed for children and their families.



Special thanks to Lynden Steele, Jennifer Smith, David Bohrer, Susan Sterner, Allen Abney for sending these wonderful photos.

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Ash Wednesday Mass

In Washington, DC, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Lent, in most Christian denominations, is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. Ash Wednesday is a time for repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle plays a leading role in the nation's capital as the center of its Roman Catholic community.

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Washington DC Chinese New Year Parade

Each year a parade is held in Chinatown in Washington, DC to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. The Chinese New Year is a 15-day event that starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

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Hope Diamond and the National Gem Collection

They say a diamond is a girl's best friend. Imagine taking your date to the world's greatest collection of gems on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. More than 7,500 individual gemstones, ranging from less than a half-carat to almost 23,000 carats, fill the cases in in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. Harry Winston's gift of the Hope Diamond inaugurated the stunning series of spectacular gifts that transformed the National Gem Collection from a fine to a truly fabulous one. The National Museum of Natural History is located at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue, and is open daily 10 am – 5:30 pm. The closest Metro Station is the Smithsonian Station on the Blue and Orange line.

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Memorial Day Ceremony

The gift of flowers honors the beauty and the brevity of life and evoke memories of other days. President Bush paid tribute at a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to members of America's military who died in combat. The President placed a beautiful red, white, and blue wreath in front of the tomb of unknowns.

In this place where valor sleeps, we acknowledge our responsibility as Americans to preserve the memory of the fallen. On this Memorial Day, we look out on quiet hills, and rows of white headstones -- and we know that we are in the presence of greatness. The markers here record the names of more than 296,000 men and women. Each of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines buried here answered the call to serve, and stepped forward to protect the nation they loved. George W. Bush, May 29, 2006

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House of the Temple

In the heart of the nation's capital, stands one of the city's most beautiful monuments. It's been called a marvel of architecture, a wonder in stone, the spirit of the Scottish Rite captured for a moment in time.
The House of the Temple is a Masonic temple which serves as the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. It is located at the corner of 16th Street and S Street in the northwest section of the city. The Temple was modeled after the Mausoleum of Maussollos (a provincial king in the Persian Empire). Ground was broken on May 31, 1911 and the cornerstone was laid on October 18, 1911. The building was dedicated four years later on October 18, 1915. An alcove in the temple holds the remains of Confederate general and noted freemason Albert Pike.

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Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

On July 1 2006, the $283 million renovated Patent Office Building, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery opened its doors to the public. The two museums and their activities are now known collectively as the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The Reynolds Center Grand Opening festival was alive with music, food and family activities. The Grand Opening Family Festival featured costumed characters from the collections, gallery tours, performances, free ice cream and live music on every floor of the building.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are located in a National Historic Landmark building at the heart of Washington's vibrant new downtown, a few blocks from the National Mall. The building is a piece of art that perfectly ...

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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a popular beach resort city three and a half hours south of Washington, where the state of Virginia meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city contains 51.3 square miles of water, which takes form in the dozens of rivers, bays, lakes, marsh areas and fingers of water that flow into the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Linking the Chesapeake Bay and James River estuaries is the Hampton Roads harbor, one of the finest natural harbors and home port to the world's largest naval base. Here, the Intracoastal Waterway begins at mile marker 1. From Virginia Beach, recreational boaters can travel as far north as Boston, Mass., and south to Brownsville, Texas.

Virginia Beach's mild climate encourages a long visitor season, and travelers are delighted to discover that spring comes early and fall stays late. These months...

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