On April 19th, 1865, the nation came to a standstill to mourn the death of President Abraham Lincoln. This blog post looks back at the funeral procession, capturing the grief and sadness of the mourners and the solemn atmosphere of the event.
Explore the historic use of electric lights during President Woodrow Wilson's 1913 inauguration and what it symbolized for American progress and modernity. Learn how this momentous event marked a new era of hope and optimism, as well as the challenges that lay ahead for the country and the world.
A brazen daylight assassination attempt against President Truman took place right on Pennsylvania Avenue with a shootout in front of Blair House. It was carried out by militant Puerto Rican pro-independence activists. White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt, was killed protecting the President.
Take a look back at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. circa 1931. See the traffic lights, traffic-cop gazebo, and streetcar switch tower in this amazing old photo. Source: Shorpy.
On December 28, 1925, a spectacular five-alarm fire broke out in the wholesale candy plant of George J. Mueller on 336 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. It caused $50,000 worth of damage, injured one fireman, and was witnessed by a crowd that overflowed the sidewalks for more than a block. Read this article from The Washington Post for more.
Can you help date this photo of Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House? It appears to be the view down the street from the Capitol Dome, but was not properly labeled. Take a look and see if you can help solve the mystery!