Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Enterprise over Washington: Airship history at the Nation’s Capital

By Matthew B. Gilmore “Out of the dark Northeast, under dark clouds and through fog banks, the German-built dirigible ZR-3 poked her silvery nose into an area of blue and sunlight … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 1 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

What you find when you aren’t looking-curiousities in photo research-“Old farm buildings”

[click on picture above to enlarge] “Old Farm Buildings” – oops – not really. This is the Six Buildings in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Yes, a 7th … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 1 Comment