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Woodrow Wilson's 1913 State of the Union
The first State of the Union was in 1800 by our second president, John Adams. Thomas Jefferson began the tradition of passing along the state of the union in writing to Congress, allegedly because he felt he was an inadequate public speaker. In 1913, the task of speaking directly to a joint session of Congress was reestablished by Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson revived the tradition of the oral...
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President Woodrow Wilson Visits Southwest in 1913
Here is an old photo from May of 1913, showing Woodrow Wilson in a car, driving around Southwest D.C. Woodrow Wilson stands in the front of a convertible automobile stopped in the intersection of what was then N and Union Streets SW. Wilson, the driver of the car, and two woman in the back look east at something happening on N Street. A crowd gathered under a tree near the car and people in front...
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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.
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Separation of Church and State: Examining an Advertisement from 1918
Explore how far we've come in discussions of religion and politics in the US by examining an advertisement from 1918. Separation of Church and State has been an issue since the country's founding, and this advertisement provides an interesting look at the debate.
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Tracing the History of D. Mullany’s Saloon: From Irish Fenian to the Birthplace of the Mamie Taylor
We're trying out a new category called "Lost History" today with a post about D. Mullany's Saloon. Read about its history from Irish Fenian to the birthplace of the Mamie Taylor, plus a 1927 article from the Washington Post.
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Exploring the History of Inaugural Balls, 100 Years Ago Today
Learn about the history of Inaugural Balls, 100 years ago with a look at the front page of the Washington Herald on Friday, January 17th, 1913. Discover the austerity of Obama's second term mirrored in the desires articulated by newly elected President Woodrow Wilson.
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Counting Electoral Votes for the 1916 Presidential Election - A Fascinating Photo from the Library of Congress
A fascinating photo from the Library of Congress shows the counting of electoral votes for the 1916 Presidential Election between Woodrow Wilson and Charles Hughes. Click on the photo to see the faces of the men, who all happen to be old white dudes.
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Film Footage of Woodrow Wilson in the White House
This is pretty interesting. Check out this footage of President Wilson at the White House.
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Three Things That Happened at Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral at twilight Exactly one year ago today, one of the most spectacular buildings in Washington was badly damaged by the earthquake that shook our city. So much so, that the repairs are going to cost millions of dollars and keep it under scaffolding for several years. If you love this building like we do, consider donating a few bucks to help restore this national treasure....
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U.S. House Bans Joy Rides in Government Automobiles
1914 Raush & Lang electric vehicle (Smithsonian) Amid the implosion of yet another DC council member this week (what part of public trust don’t you guys understand?), it’s only apropos to post a story like this. Cornelius Ford in 1913 (Washington Times) Sadly, our outrage is not something unique, as contemporary public officials are not the only geniuses that have leveraged...
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If Walls Could Talk: The Yellow House at 2513 Cliffbourne Pl. NW - Part 2
This post is the second in a four-part series exploring the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW. In this post, we look into the yellow house at 2513 Cliffbourne Pl. NW, including a theft story and the 1953 District Mother of the Year.
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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, so you should take a look. The photograph below shows sheep grazing near the East Wing of the White House during World War I. Woodrow and Edith Wilson had the sheep roam the grounds so they could save money by not having to mow the grass. Also, the sheep’s...
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Woodrow Wilson's Role in Honoring the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery
Learn about President Woodrow Wilson's role in honoring the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Explore the historic events surrounding this momentous occasion, including the Evening Public Ledger's coverage and Wilson's visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Woodrow Wilson House for more information.
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