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Matthew B. Gilmore

Remembering President James Garfield

https://www.c-span.org/video/?445754-1/remembering-president-james-garfield Remembering President James Garfield Matthew Gilmore, who edits a Washington, D.C., history blog, talked about the complicated and controversial building of a memorial to President James Garfield on the U.S. Capitol … Continue reading

September 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Where did Washington DC’s 1950 Population of 800,000 Live?

Where did Washington DC’s 1950 Population of 800,000 Live? By Matthew B. Gilmore COMPLETE COLUMN here: intowner.com/2018/07/31/where-did-washington-dcs-1950-population-of-800000-live/ RESOURCES https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/what-once-was-where-did-washington-dcs-1950-population-of-800000-live/ In 1950 the United States federal census recorded the population in the District … Continue reading

August 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The D.C. Underground Atlas

Interesting map/GIS project see: https://www.washingtontunnels.com/   The D.C. Underground Atlas Underground passageways are a recurring plot device in fictional stories set around Washington. Something about tunnels and the government appeals … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution of Noise Regulation in Washington, DC

[NOTE: this is worth re-posting and (re)reading–despite the withdrawal of the Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018; legislation is expected this fall–ED.] Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

District of Columbia’s first 4th of July – 1801

The July 4th holiday has not always been recognized as a national holiday (only since 1870) but observations began in the District of Columbia since its earliest days. The National Intelligencer … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Washington’s first bicycle craze — ‘Cycling in the 1880s and 1890s

A daredevil bicyclist riding his enormous two-wheeler down the Capitol’s House-side east front steps — it’s a famous image everyone recognizes. Any work even casually mentioning bicycles in Washington will refer to it; it’s been on the cover of books about Washington, but there’s much more to the story — of the photograph itself, of the event, of the 1890s bicycle craze in Washington it represented.

June 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Update on the District of Columbia’s Archives and Public Records Office -Spring 2018

Progress continues at the DC Archives and Public Records Office on a number of fronts. Sarah LeClair has joined the staff as an archivist. Move planning continues: OPR has a … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Pompeii on the Potomac: Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:00pm — Brumidi’s Nineteenth-Century, Roman-style Frescos in the US Capitol

Pompeii on the Potomac: Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:00pm Brumidi’s Nineteenth-Century, Roman-style Frescos in the US Capitol Rare Book and Special Collections Division Pompeii on the Potomac: Thursday, May 31, … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Washington & Great Falls Electric Railway Trestle in Danger of Collapse

Originally posted on DCinruins.:
One of my all-time favorite DC ruins is in danger of collapse, but the Washington & Great Falls Electric Railway Trestle near Georgetown University has been…

May 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

News for the Community: Origins of Washington’s Neighborhood Newspaper Tradition

News for the Community: Origins of Washington’s Neighborhood Newspaper Tradition By Matthew B. Gilmore* http://intowner.com/2018/04/29/news-for-the-community-origins-of-washingtons-neighborhood-newspaper-tradition/ Hill Rag, the Georgetowner, Northwest Current (and more recent targeted Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, and Dupont editions), the Southwester, and The InTowner itself (and … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · Leave a comment
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