Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

Mrs. Cole’s Bay Window: Parking, streets, trees, projections, and the Secretary of War

  By Matthew B. Gilmore* What is that space between the curb and the sidewalk (or even some entire front yards in certain neighborhoods)? Who owns it, controls it, manages … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bridge a Traffic Jam Built: Arlington Memorial Bridge

By Matthew B. Gilmore* Tip: Click any image in the article to view that image at a larger size. It was Armistice Day 1921. The holiday celebrating the end of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution of Noise Regulation in Washington, DC

What Once Was Traffic on 15th St NW in 1936 (Library of Congress) Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution of Noise Regulation in Washington, DC By Matthew B. … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a 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

Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C.–book talks by John DeFerrari

You can hear John DeFerrari speak about his newly published Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. at one of these upcoming events: Saturday, Sep 26, 1:00pm – Georgetown Neighborhood … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment