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Histories of the National Mall

Project logo printed on a brochure

“Unfortunately, [visitors] are unlikely to find much in the way of interpretive content as they wander from monument to museum. If they do find content, it is basic visitor information, not stories that bring to life the hidden history of this public place.”  - NEH Grant Proposal

Histories seeks to connect visitors to this hidden narrative. The National Mall is reflective of the nation’s own identity, and its landscape has changed dramatically over time.

A large percentage of visitors to the Mall are tourists, including groups of students on school-sponsored trips. Histories was designed to be accessible to a wide range of people, and explore the social, cultural, and political events of the Mall in an engaging way. The exhibit is built to be accessed by mobile phone, connecting users to historical interpretation of their surroundings and provide access to primary sources that illustrate the Mall’s past. Building on a mobile platform is both cost-efficient and sustainable for the future.