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What Once Was

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

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* In August of 1800, Samuel Harrison Smith wrote to James Madison confirming Smith’s intention of publishing a newspaper in the new capital city (and requesting Madison’s help): “To James Madison “From Samuel Harrison Smith, 27 August 1800 “Philada. Aug. ...

Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley

One Final Flutter at Benning — the End of Horse Race Gambling in the District of Columbia

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

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