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Replay: Washington’s Lost Month: the 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Epidemic in the District of Columbia

Washington’s Lost Month: the 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Epidemic in the District of Columbia By Matthew B. Gilmore [CLICK HERE for complete article: http://intowner.com/2018/10/01/washingtons-lost-month-the-1918-19-spanish-influenza-epidemic-in-the-district-of-columbia/ ] CLICK HERE for a timeline of the month: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/timeline-washingtons-lost-month-the-1918-19-spanish-influenza-epidemic-in-the-district-of-columbia/ … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

Kip Lornell – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “Capital bluegrass : hillbilly music meets Washington D.C.”

Capital Bluegrass: Hillbilly Music Meets Washington, D.C. – Kip Lornell https://global.oup.com/academic/product/capital-bluegrass-9780199863112?cc=us&lang=en& What inspired you to write this book?  Since moving to Washington, DC, in 1988 for a post-doctoral fellowship at Smithsonian Folkways, … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Pneumatic tubes: technological innovation and politics in Shepherd-era Washington DC

Excerpts.. . For complete column CLICK: Pneumatic tubes: technological innovation and politics in Shepherd-era Washington DC By Matthew B. Gilmore* Deep in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution is a … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

2019 Washington DC history books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history (and biography) published in 2019. A Goodreads link is included for those available to provide more details on each … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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