Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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Matthew R. Costello – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President”

https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-2827-8.html 1. Tell us about the book.  The book explores how Americans—individually and collectively—remembered George Washington during the nineteenth century. In order to tell that story, I used Washington’s tomb … Continue reading

October 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pamela Scott – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People”

Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People. US Capitol Historical Society, 2018. Tell us about the book. Antiquarian Charles Carroll Carter, political historian William C. di Giacomantonio, historian-cartographer Don Alexander … Continue reading

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Washington’s first bicycle craze — ‘Cycling in the 1880s and 1890s

A daredevil bicyclist riding his enormous two-wheeler down the Capitol’s House-side east front steps — it’s a famous image everyone recognizes. Any work even casually mentioning bicycles in Washington will refer to it; it’s been on the cover of books about Washington, but there’s much more to the story — of the photograph itself, of the event, of the 1890s bicycle craze in Washington it represented.

June 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pompeii on the Potomac: Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:00pm — Brumidi’s Nineteenth-Century, Roman-style Frescos in the US Capitol

Pompeii on the Potomac: Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:00pm Brumidi’s Nineteenth-Century, Roman-style Frescos in the US Capitol Rare Book and Special Collections Division Pompeii on the Potomac: Thursday, May 31, … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment