District of Columbia, Washington D.C.

Curator of Navy Ship Models: The U.S. Department of the Navy Ship Model Program collects, preserves, interprets, and displays scale models in federal museums and offices and in state and local public educational museums and facilities. Depicting the rich tradition, historical heritage, and technological development of the United States Navy from earliest times to the present, the Department of the Navy Ship Model Collection is recognized as a precious national treasure.

Decatur House Museum Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, DC, and one of only three remaining residential buildings in the country designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the father of American architecture. Completed in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife Susan, its distinguished neo-classical architecture and prominent location across from the White House made Decatur House one of the capital's most desirable addresses and home to many of our nation¹s most prominent figures. Today, visitors hear compelling stories of this unique site, from elite socializing to a fatal duel to a slave's campaign for freedom. The mission of Decatur House is to educate the public about American cultural and social history as it relates to the House, its location, architecture, preservation, and its occupants and their stories. We accomplish this mission through our collections, permanent and temporary exhibits, publications, tours and programs.

Hall of Maritime Enterprise: The Hall of American Maritime Enterprise portrays three centuries of ocean and river commerce with photographs, objects, films, and models of sailing ships and steamships. The exhibits also include dioramas and period settings representing the whaling industry, a colonial warehouse, a ship's engine room from 1930, and a modern river towboat pilothouse.

Historic Naval Ships Association: The Historic Naval Ships Association was founded in 1966. Today it promotes the preservation and exhibition of more than 100 naval ships and craft homeported from Halifax to Houston, and from London to Pearl Harbor. The association's fleet includes four aircraft carriers, five battleships, four cruisers, nine destroyers, 28 submarines, cutters, lightships, liberty ships, wooden frigates, motor torpedo boats, gunboats, corvettes, and a brig. Most are located in the U.S. and Canada. But England and France are also included. All are visitable on this website.

National Archives and Records Administration: National Archives and Records Administration (NAIL) is a searchable database that contains information about a wide variety of NARA's holdings across the country. You can use NAIL to search descriptions for key words or topics, and then to retrieve digital copies of selected textual documents, photographs, maps, and sound recordings.

National Maritime Initiative: The Initiative, now residing in the National Park Service, supports ship restoration and preservation.

National Park System Maritime Resources: The National Park Service, through its maritime section, provides an abundant amount of information on Lighthouses, Ships, and other Maritime Resources within the National Park System. National Parks with maritime properties are listed by State.

Naval Historical Center: The Naval Historical Center's mission is to enhance the Navy's effectiveness by preserving, analyzing, and interpreting its hard-earned experience and history for the Navy and the American people. This website is designed with the capabilities of all web browsers in mind. Some tabular material, however, is best viewed in at least Netscape Navigator 2.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0. NOTICE! This is a U.S. government web site.

Navy Museum (DC) Opened in 1961, the museum now has a website chuck full of important information regarding Naval history, archives, ship information, and much, much more.

Smithsonian Institution (DC) What can one say about the Smithsonian? The hours and days spent here in the nation's capital are so worthwhile.

Society of the Cincinnati: (D.C.) Located in the District of Columbia, The Society was founded in 1783 by the officers of the Continental line and their French compatriots who served together during the American Revolution. Its original purpose, "to perpetuate the remembrance of the achievement of national independence," is being carried forth today through historical and educational programs.

U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center ( DC) The Center honors all who have served in America's sea services -- Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine.