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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 ...

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

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