December 19, 2017, marks the centennial of the birth of photographer Robert H. McNeill. Pictured here in a self-portrait from 1940, McNeill was born in Washington, D.C., in 1917. Known for his crisp photographs of life in Washington, McNeill forged an expansive career. He was lauded for his ability to capture the humanity and vitality of […]
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This year October 9th marks Indigenous People’s Day. Generally recognized on the second Monday of October, and sharing the day with Columbus Day, Indigenous People’s Day acknowledges and honors the lives, land, and resilience of Native people in North America. A woman, a man, and four children stand in front of a worn white-washed wooden house. Printed from a […]
September 15th marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, created in August 1988. The date was selected in recognition of the independence days shared by El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Now commonly referred to as Latino History Month – or the gender-neutral Latinx History Month – this celebration of the culture, history, and people of […]
In honor of National Read a Book Day follow us on Twitter (@DCHistory) with #DCReads from 12:30-1:30pm to discuss your favorite books (fiction or nonfiction) that touch on D.C. history and culture. Questions we’ll be discussing are below: Questions:1. What books set in or about the District resonate with you? Why?2. What are some of […]
By Izetta Autumn Mobley | Born August 22, 1936, the “godfather” of Go Go music, Chuck Brown, would have been 81 years old this Tuesday. Brown’s drum-infused, polyrhythmic, call and response anchored music, put D.C.’s unique cultural style on the map. Brown’s first album We the People, was released with The Soul Searchers in 1972. Six years later, […]
The Fourth of July – the date that the Second Continental Congress approved the final wording of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence – is a well known date in our nation’s history. How we began to celebrate and commemorate the fourth of July – and all the dates attached to the colonies declaring independence […]
Historical Society of Washington, D.C. historian, Jane Levey, highlights the significance of D.C.’s Old Post Office
Jenna Lee Gets Exclusive Tour of Old Post Office Clock Tower Happening Now | Fox News Insider, April 21, 2017. Watch the interview with Jane Levey and the tour from Fox News Insider.
Vintage photos of Black Broadway, the hub of commercial, intellectual, and cultural life for African Americans in D.C. from the 1920s to the 1950s. By Briana Thomas | Washingtonian Magazine, February 12, 2017 Read Briana Thomas’ article.