Category Archives: National Monument

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland


O! say can you see,…
by the dawn’s early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Poverty Point National Monument, Louisiana


Follow In The Footsteps Of Ancient Engineers
Now a nearly forgotten culture, Poverty Point at its peak 3,000 years ago was part of an enormous trading network that stretched for hundreds of miles across the continent. It was – and is – also an engineering marvel, the product of five million hours of labor. Explore the culture of a highly sophisticated people who left behind one of North America’s most important archeological sites.

Effigy MoundsNational Monument, Iowa


Sacred Space
The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument’s 20 culturally associated American Indian tribes. A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The 200 plus American Indian mounds are located in one of the most picturesque sections of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

Pullman National Monument, Illinois


Pullman National Monument tells the story of American opportunity.
Diverse people whose stories intertwine in Pullman sought opportunity. Some succeeded. Others were limited—by race, gender, or economic status. Their stories came together in the town of Pullman, a planned community famed for its urban design and architecture. Designed as a utopia—it was a place to provide workers with a safe community, a better standard of living, and life without social ills.