Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Washington Loves a Parade

Washington was founded with civic celebration in mind and there’s none better than a parade.  Pennsylvania Avenue has hosted most of these, including the presidential inaugural (such as seen in … Continue reading

February 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley

Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018 Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles.   By Matthew B. Gilmore* As … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Federal Income Tax bracket revenue visualization

  Discussions of the recent tax cuts debate benefits to various groups of taxpayers and statistics abound about how much the top 1% or 5% (or similar) pay in taxes. … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

District of Columbia population growth continues–2017 estimates released

The 2017 population estimate has been released:  693,972 (as of July 1), an increase of 12,802, which is 1.88%. This is an uptick in growth, which had slowed to 1.33% in … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Independent (non-chain) Bookstores of Washington DC (2018)

Here’s a list of names, locations, and URLs of independent/non-chain bookstores in Washington DC–new and used–with museum/organization gift shops with substantial book selling added. Begun for  the May 2, 2015 celebration … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

One Final Flutter at Benning — the End of Horse Race Gambling in the District of Columbia

What Once Was One Final Flutter at Benning — the End of Horse Race Gambling in the District of Columbia PUBLISHED: JANUARY 1ST, 2018 Click this to find our archive … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

White House (Jackson) Magnolia history resources

White House (Jackson) Magnolia history resources View looking northwest at magnolia located on left side of south facade – Andrew Jackson Southern Magnolia , 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, west of south … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

2017 Washington DC history books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history (and biography) published  in 2017. A Goodreads link is included for those available to provide more details on each … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

In November of 1845 Washington’s newspapers, including the National Intelligencer, and The Union, reported on Mayor William Winston Seaton’s proclamation of November 27 as a “Day of Thanksgiving,” it being the city’s first … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Latrobe Chapter Symposium – October 28, 2017 “City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol”

City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol  12th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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