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What Once Was

Merry Christmas, Washington: Evolution of the Holiday in the Nation’s Capital

 To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  During December of 1923 a 48-foot balsam fir tree arrived in Washington from Vermont. Installed on the Ellipse south of the White House, it was called the National Christmas Tree -- the first in a tradition ...

One Last Tempo: Liberty Loan Building

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

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

Naming Names: Washington’s Neighborhoods

Where did Washington DC’s 1950 Population of 800,000 Live?

Washington’s First Bicycle Craze: ‘Cycling in the 1880s and 1890s

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

News for the Community: Origins of Washington’s Neighborhood Newspaper Tradition

News for the Capital and the Nation: Politics and Washington’s Daily Newspapers