Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

House History Research Workshop – May 6

House History Day Research Workshop HumanitiesDC is excited to present the House History Day Research Workshop, in collaboration with the Library of Congress. REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-history-day-research-workshops-tickets-34077225900 Who: These workshops are open to … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Public Washington DC history resources – NARA – DC City Directories (paper)

The National Archives (I) at Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington  is a superb public institution for researching Washington DC history. Contrary to perception it is not … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Irish Washington DC – some sources -updated for 2017

Irish Washington DC originally here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/bibliography-irish-washington-dc/ St. Patrick’s Day in Washington DC in 1854. Old St. Patrick’s Church, 10th & F Sts., N.W. [LC-DIG-npcc-28305 / LC-F8122- 44637 [P&P]] New St. Patrick’s Church, … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Birthday Party for Washington, the National Capital By Matthew B. Gilmore* Full article here: http://intowner.com/2017/02/02/sesqui-what-truman-throws-a-party-for-washington/ In 1948 President Harry Truman announced the National Capital Sesquicentennial Celebration to … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Here to feast on historic places” — First Stirrings of Historic Preservation in Washington

For full article click: http://intowner.com/2016/12/25/here-to-feast-on-historic-places-first-stirrings-of-historic-preservation-in-washington/ To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* On May 18, 1932, “appropriate exercises” accompanied the placing of … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 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

The Liquor License Did It: “Georgetown as a separate and independent city by law is hereby abolished.”

 By Matthew B. Gilmore* COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE: http://intowner.com/2016/11/19/the-liquor-license-did-it-georgetown-as-a-separate-and-independent-city-by-law-is-hereby-abolished/  On February 11, 1895 Congress enacted “An Act changing the name of Georgetown, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.” It … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment