Tag: The White House

David Burnes' cottage in 1894 prior to razing (PGCist on Flickr)

Washington is Composed of Land from 19 Original Owners

19 original landowners were negotiated with, directly by George Washington in March, 1791. He met them during the day and in the evening, closed the deal with them at Suter's Tavern in Georgetown.
President's Palace design by John Collins

Who Almost Designed the White House?

Way back in the day, the building we now know as the White House was called the "President's Palace", "President's Mansion", or...
Rochambeau Statue in Lafayette Park (circa 1900)

Lafayette Square: Then and Now

Here are some cool old photos and contemporary photos from the same spot in Lafayette Park, near the White House. The statues barely changed...
The White House ruins after the conflagration of August 24, 1814. Watercolor by George Munger (WIkipedia)

The War of 1812 and Relocating the Nation’s Capital

Why is the capital in Washington, DC? After the British burned the White House and Capitol in the War of 1812, the capital almost moved back to Philadelphia.
The Assassination of President Lincoln (1865)

What Was Lincoln Doing Four Days Before Assassination?

April 10th, 1865 -- Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered a day earlier at Appomattox Court House. The Civil...
Babe Ruth exiting the West Wing

Babe Ruth Visits the White House

This is a man who needs no introduction. Babe Ruth was the biggest celebrity in America during the 1920s. On December 7th, 1921, he was...
Susan Ford gettin' down in the East Room with her date

Senior Prom at the White House

This is a serious case of right place, right time. The Class of '75 at Holton-Arms had a notable classmate in Susan Ford, the...
Queen Liliuokalani, last royal ruler of Hawaii (1917)

Hawaiian ex-Queen Liliʻuokalani Comes to Washington

This might be the most unique ideas for a post that I have come up with thus far. Hopefully you will agree...
Sheep grazing at the White House (1919)

Sheep Grazing at the White House

Here's a photo I found on Flickr. It's from the Nation's Attic (i.e., The Smithsonian). They have a great set of photos up there,...
White House callers on January 24th, 2012

100 Years Ago: Who Visited the White House?

For the next "This Day in History" post, I came across this list of White House visitors for January 24th, 1912. A long list...
Proposed Executive Mansion sponsored by Mary Foote Henderson

Proposed White House on Meridian Hill

Here's a good one from the Library of Congress archives. It's a drawing of the proposed new Executive Mansion, to be built...
Native Americans at the White House

Native Americans at the White House During the Civil War

Great old photo from the Library of Congress. It doesn't have an exact date on it, but it says it was created somewhere between...
Lyndon Baines Johnsonvideo

Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies From the 1960s

The description below is cut straight from YouTube. This is a home movie from Lady Bird Johnson during the 1960s. The LBJ Library has...
Richard Nixonvideo

Nixon: I Am Not a Crook

I really wanted to start by skewing these posts towards more anonymous D.C. residents, but I keep coming across gold on YouTube like this....
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Teddy Roosevelt Outside the White House [VIDEO]

Mark this down as something you'll never see today. The President is just walking out of the White House grounds ... alone. Let's be...
The Siege of Washington

Read This Book: The Siege of Washington

Buy this book and then read it (I bought the Kindle version). It is an excellent window into life in Washington City in the...