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Matthew B. Gilmore

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

To continue what is now a tradition I am republishing one of my holidaqy origin blog posts. There’s so much to know, learn, understand about the past and how it … Continue reading

November 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

Irish Washington, D.C. 2022

sources on the history originally here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/bibliography-irish-washington-dc/ Swampoodle history blog post-Feb 4th, 2018:  Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley Swampoodle history blog post resources: What Once Was–Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in … Continue reading

March 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Mapping Early Washington

Storymap by Brian Kraft CLICK: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/1a200794650242299ddc668ad5b53c0a Brian has been working on mapping resources on early City of Washington, primarily Capitol Hill for several years. The story map links to a … Continue reading

March 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Buried Streams in Washington DC – Preservation Cafe — Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 6:30 pm (Zoom)

Buried Streams – Preservation Cafe Uncovering the History of the District’s Buried Streams, a virtual Preservation Cafe, will be presented Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 6:30 pm. Presenters: Joe Arrowsmith, Ecological Engineer, Straughan Environmental, … Continue reading

February 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Changing Face of Washington, D.C. through the U. S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection – Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at 7pm EST ONLINE –

The Changing Face of Washington, D.C. in the U.S News & World Report Magazine Photo Collection January 28, 2022 by Kristi Finefield One of the most fascinating and enjoyable aspects of research … Continue reading

January 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book Review: The Foggy Bottom Gang: The Story of the Warring Brothers of Washington, DC.

The Foggy Bottom Gang: The Story of the Warring Brothers of Washington, DC. By Leo Warring (Cleveland, OH: Parafine Press, 2020), 239 pp., illus., paper, $17.95 Reviewed by Matthew B. … Continue reading

January 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Washington DC’s tunnels – a followup (and the 2018 Q&A)

Recently the urbanist 99% Invisible podcast interviewed Elliot Carter about his website on the tunnels of Washington, D.C. LISTEN here: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/mini-stories-volume-13/  (about 15 minutes) In 2018 we’d done this Q&A with … Continue reading

January 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merry Christmas, Washington: Evolution of the Holiday in the Nation’s Capital

orginally PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 30TH, 2018  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  During December of 1923 a 48-foot balsam fir tree arrived in Washington from Vermont. Installed on the Ellipse south of the … Continue reading

December 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

What Once Was: 1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving Orginally PUBLISHED: 2017; To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each  By Matthew B. Gilmore* In November of 1845 Washington’s newspapers, … Continue reading

November 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

What Once Was: Bellevue Becomes Dumbarton House: a moving experience

This What Once Was column was originally published in The InTowner newspaper — August 19, 2015. The InTowner ceased publication in 2020. PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2015 By Matthew  B. Gilmore* On May 30, 1914 John L. … Continue reading

May 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

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