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Discovering Washington: Through the Lens

WETA takes viewers on a tour of the Washington area, visiting familiar sites from unfamiliar perspectives. Join us as we explore the capital region by land, water, and notably, air.

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Learn more about many of the sites and stories mentioned in Discovering Washington: Through the Lens on WETA's Boundary Stones local history blog. Related articles include the following, and many others!

Swimmers of all ages enjoy the Tidal Basin Bathing Beach in 1922. | Credit: Library of Congress
Cooling Off in the Tidal Basin

In the 1920s, Washingtonians dealt with the summer heat by going to the nearest beach — the Tidal Basin.

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Photographers shooting cherry blossoms, Washington, D.C., April 7, 1922 (Library of Congress)
Japanese Cherry Blossoms Almost Didn't Make It to DC

In 1910, Tokyo's mayor sent cherry blossom trees to Washington as a gesture of friendship, but they never got here.

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Burial of unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, November 11, 1921. (Source: U.S. Army)
Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On November 11, 1921, three years to the day after the armistice that ended World War I, President Warren G. Harding presided over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. It was an emotional affair for Washington and the nation.

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Preview: Discovering Washington: Through the Lens

Celebrate the landmarks of Greater Washington from different perspectives.