United States Institute of Peace


About the U.S. Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute founded by Congress. Its mission is to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts abroad, which pose risks for U.S. and global security. USIP works directly in conflict zones with local partners to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. The Institute provides training, analyses and other support to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.


Program Available

Exploring the Peace Trail on the National Mall
This special program exclusively for National History Day students, teachers and families is an opportunity to explore the United States’ commitment to building peace around the world, today and through history. A welcome session at USIP’s iconic headquarters will introduce participants to the United States Institute of Peace and how it works to make peace possible in practical ways in countries dealing with violent conflict across the globe. The tour will then depart USIP and be joined by a Certified Master Guide from the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC to explore a section of the Peace Trail on National Mall. Comprised of a dozen key sites, the Peace Trail brings a new lens to the experience of visiting the northwest corner of the National Mall and elevates the stories of key figures, institutions, and moments in history that demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to peace. The tour will include interactive elements and group discussions.

The event will be held rain or shine; USIP may capture photos and/or videos of the program which might be distributed over the internet or other media format. It has a capacity of 30 participants per session.

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

Times Available
Monday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Senior Division students)
Monday, June 10, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Senior Division students)

Tuesday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Junior Division students)
Tuesday, June 11, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Junior Division students)