Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

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

New Yorkers Transform How Washingtonians Live: Washington’s 19th Century Apartment Revolution

By Matthew B. Gilmore* In May of 1880 Congressman Fernando Wood, former mayor of New York City, applied for a permit to build “French flats” at 1418 I Street , … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment