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Matthew B. Gilmore

Category Archives: Washington DC history

Harry “Chas” Langelan 1947-2019

[There will be a memorial service for Chas Langelan that will be held this Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home1212 W. Old Liberty RoadSykesville, MD 21784. The viewing … Continue reading

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Franklin Square: Park or Parking? Evolution of a Public Space

By Matthew B. Gilmore* In a milestone moment in DC’s urban development, plans are underway  for a complete refit of Franklin Park — by the District of Columbia, not the National … Continue reading

November 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Washington Wins the World Series — 1924

CLICK: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1924-10-11/ed-1/ AND Washington Wins the World Series — 2019 CLICK: Parade – Saturday, November 2, at 2 p.m.; Constitution Ave and 15th St NW https://sportscapital.dc.gov/event/2019-nationals-championship-parade https://www.mlb.com/nationals How baseball’s changed … Continue reading

October 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Faye Haskins – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper”

The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780742548725/The-Evening-Star-The-Rise-and-Fall-of-a-Great-Washington-Newspaper# Faye Haskins Tell us about the book: The book tells the story of the 129-year old history … Continue reading

October 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Non-mysterious Washington DC street names/naming

Recently published articles make much of the mystery behind the naming of Oklahoma Avenue: https://www.enidnews.com/news/state/oklahoma-avenue-thrives-despite-mysterious-history/article_07675fc8-7a66-5744-ac15-763d2d2b6d33.html and https://nondoc.com/2019/09/27/oklahoma-avenue-mysterious-history/ Frankly this is just silly–it’s never been a mystery or insoluble*. Between 1893 … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teddy Roosevelt and Washington DC’s “Smoke Nuisance”

In of December 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt’s annual message to Congress contained a passage which would seem rather extraordinary to us today. In that day, the President sent his annual … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

UPDATE — email distribution is resuming (H-Net (including H-DC) email distribution is down)

It’s not you… emails from H-Net haven’t been distributed since last week. This affects all lists/networks, not H-DC specifically. The content being posted on all of H-Net is there–just not … Continue reading

September 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Washington Welcomes the Automobile: 120-year Romance — Part II, Adoption and Regulations

PUBLISHED: JULY 24TH, 2019 By Matthew B. Gilmore* Complete column here: http://intowner.com/2019/07/24/washington-welcomes-the-automobile-120-year-romance-part-ii-adoption-and-regulations/ In 1900 there were approximately 11,000 horses in Washington, and 40 horse-shoers, and 66 commercial stables. This required … Continue reading

July 28, 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

Robert Kapsch – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “Building Washington: Engineering and Construction of a New Federal City, 1790-1840”

Building Washington: Engineering and Construction of a New Federal City, 1790-1840 Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018 1. Tell us about the book. Building Washington: Engineering and Construction of a New … Continue reading

June 16, 2019 · Leave a comment