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What Once Was

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each  By Matthew B. Gilmore* In November of 1845 Washington’s newspapers, including the National Intelligencer, and The Union, reported on Mayor William Winston Seaton’s proclamation of November 27 as a “Day of Thanksgiving,” it being the city’s first observance of the ...

Memories Fade: Washington’s most memorialized (and least known) President

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

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

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan … or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington

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

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

“Here to feast on historic places” — First Stirrings of Historic Preservation in Washington

The Liquor License Did It: “Georgetown as a separate and independent city by law is hereby abolished.”