NCPC advocates the design and placement of federal commemorative works—which may be statues, gardens, museums, or memorials of other forms—in a
manner that enhances the capital of our nation.
The Washington as Commemoration study explores the themes represented in Washington’s commemorative landscape.
NCPC and the National Park Service are:
- Identifying major themes and subthemes of commemorations in Washington, DC.
- Developing a commemorative works database of historical and factual information.
- Examining how other capital cities address commemorative themes.
Finding New Sites
The study of commemorative themes builds upon NCPC's Memorials and Museums Master Plan. This project identifies new sites throughout the capital and presents approaches to make them more suitable for commemorative works.
This work helps ensure that future generations will appreciate our history and have prime locations for new museums and memorials.
Join the Conversation
Commemoration in the nation's capital deserves a thorough public discussion, and we want to hear from you. NCPC's draft catalog of memorials, monuments, and other works provides a starting point for that conversation.
The catalog is an initial effort to develop a comprehensive list of subjects and themes commemorated on federal land within the capital. They include:
- Achievement in Arts and Sciences
- America and the World
- The U.S. Military and Military Conflicts
- American Society and Culture
- American Statesmanship
- Founding of the Nation
- Local History
The preliminary catalog is a working document. Please examine it and let us know how we can improve it. We would especially like to know:
- Are any existing works missing?
- Do the themes and subthemes make sense?
- What is your favorite monument or memorial, either in Washington or elsewhere? Why?
- What types of subjects would you like to see in the capital's commemorative landscape?