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Old State Department Building, corner 15 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue - photo taken during the Civil War
A Closer Look at the Old State Department Building During the Civil War
Get a better look at the Old State Department Building during the Civil War with this amazing photo. Click on it for some amazing details and find out why there are a large number of wooden boxes at the main entrance to the building.
Old State Department Building in 1857
This is the Oldest Known Photo of the U.S. Department of State
See the oldest known photo of the U.S. Department of State, taken in 1857. Learn more about the old State Department building before it was located in Foggy Bottom and even before it was located in the State, War, and Navy Building next to the White House.
1903 map of Foggy Bottom
Explore DC in 1903: A Map of the Department of State Location
Take a look back in time to explore DC in 1903 with this map of the Department of State! See the dog pound at 23rd and C St. and the Herdic-Phaeton building at 19th and E St.
President Wilson and his Cabinet
The Same Frustrations 100 Years Ago: An Article from The Washington Post on November 8th, 1913
Interesting, and yet things never change. Read an article from The Washington Post written 100 years ago today, which speaks to the same frustrations many express today about US-Mexico relations.
rats are gross
Rats in the State Department: A 1968 Washington Post Story
This 1968 Washington Post article by Mike Causey is an amusing look at the rat problem in the State Department. Learn about the 'Rat Patrol East' and the 'GSA counter-rate team' tasked with dealing with the rodents!
Yosef Alon and family. Photo: Courtesy of Alon family
Unsolved Mystery: The 1973 Assassination of Colonel Yosef Alon
Unsolved to this day, the 1973 assassination of Colonel Yosef Alon rocked the normally peaceful, suburban community of Bethesda, MD. Learn more about this unsolved mystery and the nationwide surveillance procedure put in place in response.

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