The National Mall Is The Topic April 24 When John “Chip” Akridge Speaks in Easton

When you venture in to Washington, DC, to meet friends or to take family to the museums on the National Mall, where do you go and what do you actually see?

Oxford resident, founder and benefactor of the Trust for the National Mall, John E. “Chip” Akridge III will give a presentation on April 24 to the Talbot County Garden Club about the organization whose mission is to restore, revitalize and preserve the National Mall in Washington. The program will be at 1:30 in the Historical Society of Talbot County Auditorium, 17 South Washington Street, Easton. All those interested are welcome.

The National Mall—America’s front yard—stretches from the foot of the U.S. Capitol past the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial and over to the Jefferson Memorial. This park, playground, memorial and urban oasis encompasses some 600 acres and its infrastructure is more than 100 years old.

Several years ago, Chip was moved to take an active role when he saw that the Mall is in a state of disrepair, reflecting years of neglect and inadequate funding. He felt that it was time to act to save this historic memorial of our nation’s history. He created the Trust for the National Mall. The Trust is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring the National Mall while providing new educational and volunteer opportunities that connect the park’s 25 million annual visitors to the Mall’s rich history.

The final design concepts, created by the country’s top designers, have just been announced and are on display on the Mall for the public. They re-envision three prominent National Mall locations: Constitution Gardens, Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater and Union Station. The winning designs will be announced in May. Don’t miss Chip’s presentation on April 24.

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