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Matthew B. Gilmore

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4th of July – Celebrating American Independence in Washington

Washington began celebrating the 4th of July as Independence Day in 1801: see https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/district-of-columbias-first-4th-of-july-1801/ “Free and unreserved” expression despite fiercely divided opinion was much hoped for: The definitive web resources … Continue reading

June 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

What Once Was – Washington Welcomes the Automobile: 120-year Romance — Part I, Anticipation and Local Innovation

PUBLISHED: MAY 21ST, 2019 Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. By Matthew B. Gilmore* “… Not calculated to frighten the horses. . . .” That … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Building Washington: Engineering and Construction of a New Federal City: 1790-1840 – Latrobe Chapter Lecture, by author Robert Kapsch

THE LATROBE CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS PRESENTSBuilding Washington: Engineering and Construction of  a New Federal City: 1790-1840Latrobe Chapter Lecture by Robert Kapsch, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Hon., AIATomorrow! Tuesday, May 14 at … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

2018 Washington DC history books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history (and biography) published  in 2018. A Goodreads link is included for those available to provide more details on each title, the … Continue reading

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kim Prothro Williams – Interview with a Washington DC History Author

Kim Prothro Williams Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C. The History Press, 2018 Related presentation: Rural Remnants of Washington County: An Architectural Survey of Washington’s Historic Farms and Estates   … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 · 1 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

News for the Capital and the Nation: Politics and Washington’s Daily Newspapers

What Once Was News for the Capital and the Nation: Politics and Washington’s Daily Newspapers PUBLISHED: MARCH 21ST, 2018 Full column here: http://intowner.com/2018/03/21/news-for-the-capital-and-the-nation-politics-and-washingtons-daily-newspapers/ Click this to find our archive of What … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 1 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 · 1 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