Gonzaga, Sidwell Friends, St. Albans and Farewell to a Local Legend

It’s Saturday, the Nats lost again, the Caps are not in the playoffs and there are a lot of tourists clogging up the metro. Yes, we are officially heading towards the summer months. The worst part of the week is losing Chuck Brown … a sad day for all D.C.

  1. The New Gonzaga College in 1913 — The Gonzaga Eagles seemed to be pretty popular this week. Much more so than the post about St. Albans or Sidwell Friends. I had no idea that Pat Buchanan went there.
  2. Old Police Call Boxes of Washington — Have you started noticing these all around the city now?
  3. Let Us Make You Fat — What a weird ad.

And in the interest of only highlighting only the positive and things of interest from around the Web, I’m going to cease posting the duds of the week — unless there were majorly crappy and require being called out for that.

So these are the things we read this week.

  1. 131 years ago, today, Frederick Douglass was confirmed as D.C. Recorder of Deeds — GoDC friend and reader wrote a great post about Frederick Douglass being confirmed as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds 131 years ago, yesterday. Stay tuned for his book about Douglass.
  2. Amateur Historian Plies the Potomac — Garrett is good at this local history stuff. If you haven’t checked out his books, you should.
  3. Historical Maps of Cleveland Park — The Cleveland Park Historical Society has a little post about the Baist maps for their neighborhood.

Enjoy your weekend. I’m going to crank out a few posts for next week and then head out to enjoy the weather with a hike in Rock Creek Park with my dog. Or maybe I’ll take a nap on the couch.

Chuck Brown (1936-2012)
Chuck Brown (1936-2012)

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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