Archives Puzzles: Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, try to piece together a puzzle from an image in our collections that has been designated as open access. Anyone can now download, transform, share, and reuse millions of images as part of Smithsonian Open Access.

Each Monday, sit back, relax, and ease into the work week with puzzles created from images in our collections that have been designated as open access. Anyone can now download, transform, share, and reuse these images as part of Smithsonian Open Access, launched in 2020.

Did you know that one of the first large observances of Memorial Day, then referred to as Decoration Day, was observed at Arlington National Cemetery on May 5, 1868? War Department employee Martin A. Gruber captured this shot of Arlington National Cemetery around 1919. A native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, Gruber worked in Washington, D.C. between 1891 and 1925. During that time, he photographed buildings, bridges, monuments, and views of the National Zoological Park. 

Memorial Day has its roots in local commemorations organized by women and African Americans. Learn more from the Smithsonian's National Museum fo American History. 

The Original

View of cemetery grounds.

The Puzzle

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