Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Memories Fade: Washington’s most memorialized (and least known) President

Memories Fade: Washington’s most memorialized (and least known) President  By Matthew B. Gilmore* The story might be ripped from today’s headlines: a presidential memorial, delayed for years, caught up in … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016 Washington DC History Books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history published  in 2016: The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. Lisa Benton-Short. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

“High-handed usurpation and outrage”: The End of Washington City Canal

Benjamin Severson was incensed. The work he’d devoted so much time and energy into had been undone. Despite many critics, Severson, a civil engineer and foreman under Montgomery Meigs for … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Restored Governor Alexander Robey Shepherd Portrait Now Hangs in Wilson Building Lobby

Restored Governor Alexander Robey Shepherd Portrait Now Hangs in Wilson Building Lobby An elegant portrait of Alexander R. Shepherd, a key early District leader who modernized the city but was also … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment