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

More service cutbacks at the National Archives

In conjuction with the new fiscal year and Archives month, the National Archives again is cutting hours of service. Consultation room hours at Archives I (downtown Washington) are brought forward … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

National Archives DC court records followup

For original issue see: http://intowner.com/2017/08/03/national-archives-and-district-of-columbia-records/ Here’s the National Archives response: Statement on Status of DC Records from the National Archives PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 The National Archives, our nation’s record … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Harewood (historic WW Corcoran) House threatened with destruction by Basilica

Should this historic house be razed?   Photo via raze application Location: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9324858,-77.0014591,3a,75y,328.51h,86.82t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1si5qsOsddXp3Ik05bFE3Q2Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 The former country residence of William Corcoran, one of the founders of Riggs Bank and the Corcoran Gallery … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington By Matthew B. Gilmore* COMPLETE COLUMN HERE: http://intowner.com/2017/09/01/its-not-the-heat-its-the-humidity-ninety-years-of-manufactured-weather-in-washington/ August 1, 2017 marked the 91st anniversary of the … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  On May 16, 1930 Congress … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Aug 5, 2017 House History workshop at Library of Congress

Aug 5, 2017 House History workshop https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-history-day-tickets-36452140333 Sponsored by Humanities DC When: August 5, 2017 session 1: 10 am session 2: 1 pm register for just one session Where: Library … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Whither Washingtoniana?–collection closes July 7, 2017 at the Carnegie Library building!

Washingtoniana will close its doors at the Carnegie Library on July 7, 2017. Preparations for construction of the (fast-tracked) Apple global flagship store, as described here: http://intowner.com/2017/06/14/plans-for-major-rehab-enhanced-use-of-historic-carnegie-library-building-now-moving-forward/  are due to begin. … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards – for a century

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards PUBLISHED: MAY 22ND, 2017 o view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walking Tour: East Foggy Bottom – May 20, 2017

Walking Tour: East Foggy Bottom Saturday, May 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Meet at: The Octagon, 1799 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Price: $10 for students & … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment