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The Whitelaw Hotel: Excellence in Segregated Washington
Washington D.C.’s historic Whitelaw Hotel hosted jazz legends Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway during the segregation era when it opened in 1919 as a luxurious refuge for black travelers. Built by black visionaries like John W. Lewis and Isaiah T. Hatton, the Whitelaw's storied rise, fall, and rebirth embodies the struggles and achievements of African Americans in the capital.
Undoing Retrocession: The Failed Attempt to Restore Washington D.C.'s Original Borders
In the early 1900s, Presidents Taft and Wilson tried reversing the 1846 retrocession of Alexandria, VA to restore DC's original borders. But despite political momentum, Virginian resistance doomed efforts to reclaim the valuable land.
Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard
A Rare Look at Union Soldiers Guarding the Potomac River in 1861
Take a rare look at Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard.
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view down Pennsylvania Ave. in 1905 during Roosevelt's inauguration
The Height Debate in Washington: Examining a Letter to The Washington Post from 1905
We thought it would be interesting to dig up a previous argument from the archives of The Washington Post. Read a letter to the editor, originally printed in April 1905, and learn more about its author.
What's a Herdic Cab? What Did They Look Like?
A herdic cab is a type of horse-drawn carriage, used as an omnibus, invented by Peter Herdic of Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in 1881.
The Washington Directory - 1822
Exploring the Washington Directory from 1822: James Monroe and Other Regular People Living in the City
Take a look at the Washington Directory from 1822 and explore the regular people living in the city, including our fifth president, James Monroe. See the page that's really interesting!
Plat of the tracts of land called "Mill Seat," "Philadelphia," and "Frogland," from the original patents as located in Georgetown D.C. / B.D. Carpenter, surveyor.
Exploring Old Georgetown Neighborhoods: An 1885 Map
Take a journey back in time and explore the old Georgetown neighborhoods of 1885 with this map. Learn about the history of the area and discover the original patents of Mill Seat, Philadelphia, and Frogland.
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The Little Green House on K Street
At 16th and K St. NW, there once sat a three story Victorian town home, the site of corrupt political dealings within the Harding administration, This is its story.
1942. "Effect of gasoline shortage in Washington, D.C." Medium format nitrate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information.
A Look Back at Parking Fees in D.C. During World War II
Take a look back in time at parking fees in Washington D.C. during World War II. See the original photo from 1942 and find out just how much different it was back then.
View of the south and east elevations of a tavern, historically known as Tunnicliff's Tavern, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Street SE.
A Look Back at Tunnicliff's Tavern: An Incredible 1929 Photo
Take a fascinating look back in time to 1929 and view an incredible photo of Tunnicliff's Tavern. See the historical building in its former glory before it had seen better days.
600 block of G Street NW
Exploring the 600 Block of G Street in Washington, DC Through Photos
This is a cool old photo from the 1940s showing the 600 block of G St in Washington, DC, which has been torn down. See more photos from the area and learn about the DC Public Library's Dig DC project.
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Washington neighborhoods in the 1800s
Exploring Washington's Lost Neighborhoods of the Late 19th Century
Revisit the late 19th century Washington neighborhoods of Buzzard's Roost, Ryder's Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and more. Read excerpts from an 1893 article in The Washington Post detailing the poverty and squalor of these infamous areas.
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William Andrew Johnson: The Former Slave Who Visited President Roosevelt at the White House
William Andrew Johnson, a former slave of President Andrew Johnson, was a guest at the White House when he visited President Franklin Roosevelt. Read the incredible story of his meeting with President Roosevelt, as well as details from his life before and after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Vince Lombardi
Reflecting on the Life and Legacy of Coach Vince Lombardi
Reflecting on the life and legacy of Coach Vince Lombardi, from the Green Bay Packers to the Washington Redskins. Read about his impact on the team, and the Super Bowl, in this blog post.
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Photographs from 1902 of the Grand Army of the Republic Parade in Washington DC
Take a look back in time at three photographs from the 1902 Grand Army of the Republic Parade in Washington DC. See the program of festivities and learn more about the 36th encampment of the Grand Army in Washington.

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