Guest Posts

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It’s 4:20 Somewhere

Hazy blue smoke surrounds the origins of the annual Fourth of July Smoke-In. Though it now takes place in Lafayette Square, across the barricaded street from the White House, it began on the Mall.

“The President’s Walk” Was Almost Reagan’s Last

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng The Washington Hilton Hotel is located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, near DuPont Circle. At a...

The Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng. March 3, 2013, was an important day in women’s history, yet it went virtually unnoticed in...

The Little Green House on K Street

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng  At a first glance, there is nothing monumental about 1625...
The Pennsylvania Avenue Childs around 1917

Before Fast Food, There Was Childs’ Food

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng Before the modern fast food restaurant, there was Childs Restaurant. Childs was a chain that originated...
Exterior of the Knickerbocker on opening day, 1917

The Knickerbocker Theatre Tragedy

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng Winter storms like hurricanes are regularly named every year. This naming practice, however, was not always...
The Girl Scout Little House around 1924. It appears the house is in transit, as evidenced by the raised foundation

The Little House in DC Plays Unique Role in Girl Scout...

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng I was a Girl Scout when I was a kid. Unlike a lot of girls I...

D.C.’s Connection With the Titanic

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng. New York has significant ties to Titanic. Many of Gotham’s elite members of society died in...

Wok and Roll Restaurant, Mary Surratt, and the Conspiracy to Kill...

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng. I’ve been to D.C.’s Chinatown a number of times. I...
Engraving of the Capitol after it was burned in August 1814

Engravings of President’s House and Capitol After Burning of Washington

Below are two amazing engravings of the President's House and the Capitol Building following the Burning of Washington on August 24, 1814. The engravings...

A Call to Arms After the Burning of Washington

We found a couple of fascinating pages out of two newspapers from the days following the Burning of Washington. Both papers, The Columbian -...

British Troops Regret Burning Washington; Madison’s Cabinet Slow to React

We're coming up on the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington. On the 100th anniversary, the Washington Times wrote a long retrospect on...

The Greatest Commencement Addresses in Washington, DC, Ever

It's that time of year, again. Commencement speakers address graduating college and university classes, and inevitably their speeches are ranked, assessed, complimented, and criticized. This...
The assassination of President Lincoln: at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 14th, 1865

Playbill from Ford’s Theatre on the Night of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater began with a showing of Our American Cousin, and ended with an assassinated President Lincoln. The Library of...
Walter Johnson in 1907

The Time Walter Johnson Pitched 18 Innings in One Game!

Walter Johnson is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and on May 15, 1918, he delivered a performance that stood out from...

Sketches of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

The Library of Congress has a large collection of graphic arts created over the course of two centuries. They depict famous locations and subjects....
Visibility zero unless you lend your binoculars to the navy

U.S. Navy Needs Your Binoculars for World War II

Between 1936 and 1943 the Work Projects Administration (WPA), about 2,000 posters were designed to promote the arts, community activities, and used for education....
1925 Washington Senators

Senators Demolish the Yankees in 1925 Home Opener at Griffith Stadium

We found this great composite of photos summarizing the opening game for the Washington Senators against the New York Yankees at Griffith...
Our national capital, viewed from the South

Incomplete Washington Monument in Wood Engraving from 1882

We found this cool wood engraving from 1882, meant to depict the National Mall looking from the South. In the image, you can see...

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

"It's Midnight in Washington...and this is the Steve Allison show." I can remember those lines from 1959 just like it was yesterday. WWDC (1260 on the...
LBJ on the phone

Lyndon Johnson’s Pants; “Down Where Your Nuts Hang, Is Always a...

Wow. This one's an all-time classic. We've heard many amusing Lyndon Baines Johnson phone calls on Washington's C-SPAN radio station (FM 90.1), but somehow we...