Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington By Matthew B. Gilmore* COMPLETE COLUMN HERE: http://intowner.com/2017/09/01/its-not-the-heat-its-the-humidity-ninety-years-of-manufactured-weather-in-washington/ August 1, 2017 marked the 91st anniversary of the … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

National Archives and District of Columbia Court Records -> Kansas City?

National Archives and District of Columbia Records PUBLISHED: AUGUST 3RD, 2017 http://intowner.com/2017/08/03/national-archives-and-district-of-columbia-records/ By Matthew Gilmore* There’s an immediate threat to access to important District of Columbia records at the National … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  On May 16, 1930 Congress … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards – for a century

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards PUBLISHED: MAY 22ND, 2017 o view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Public Washington DC history resources – Library of Congress – DC City Directories (microfilm)

(–and paper) (and evening research hours) The Library of Congress is a superb public institution for researching Washington DC history. Contrary to perception it is not difficult to use, once you … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Walking Tour: East Foggy Bottom – May 20, 2017

Walking Tour: East Foggy Bottom Saturday, May 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Meet at: The Octagon, 1799 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Price: $10 for students & … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

District, Measured — Single-family housing values in the District have risen much more over 25 years than in the metro area or the US

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) compiles a quarterly index of single-family house prices for the US, all states (including DC), and metropolitan areas. The index starts in 1991, and … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan …

… or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington PUBLISHED: APRIL 10TH, 2017 Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. Tip: Click any image in the article to view that … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration PUBLISHED: MARCH 14TH, 2017 http://intowner.com/2017/03/14/georgetown-becomes-colonial-reborn-at-200-georgetowns-1951-bicentenary-celebration/ By Matthew B. Gilmore* For three days in 1951, between April 12th and 14th, … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Birthday Party for Washington, the National Capital By Matthew B. Gilmore* Full article here: http://intowner.com/2017/02/02/sesqui-what-truman-throws-a-party-for-washington/ In 1948 President Harry Truman announced the National Capital Sesquicentennial Celebration to … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment