Steamboats Across the Potomac

Steamboats Across the Potomac

Fortunately, a much calmer boat ride to Nats Park from the Alexandria waterfront last week than in October 1862.

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The First Independence Day after the End of the Civil War

The First Independence Day after the End of the Civil War

Here’s how Julia Wilbur—and finally liberated African Americans—celebrated July 4, 1865, in Washington, DC.

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They Knew Lincoln

They Knew Lincoln

A conversation at Ford's Theatre on April 16--D.C. Emancipation Day--between historian Kate Masur and journalist Michele Norris about this fascinating book and its original author, John E. Washington

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Susan Ireland's Boarding House on Seventh Street

Susan Ireland's Boarding House on Seventh Street

Among Susan Ireland's investments was the building where Clara Barton lived in the 1860s. But how did Ireland get her money, and how could she invest as a woman in that era?

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Finding Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Finding Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office was lost for decades. Here's how it was found.

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What Lies Beneath?

What Lies Beneath?

What will a trip to the Kiplinger Library at the DC Historical Society (future home of an Apple Store) reveal?

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September 24, 2016 & 1866, Washington, DC

September 24, 2016 & 1866, Washington, DC

Washington, DC, September 24, 2016--opening of African American History Museum and Library of Congress Book Festival. September 24, 1866--visits to Andrew Johnson and a cure for a "secret disease"

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"In Their Footsteps": Women's Suffrage in Washington, DC

"In Their Footsteps": Women's Suffrage in Washington, DC

On a Washington walking tour that highlights women's suffrage--and how Julia Wilbur fit into some of the struggles.

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Missing Soldiers Office Now Open

A great addition to understand the "people" side of the Civil War--Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office is now open.

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Sumner Building, Sept. 2, 1872

Julia Wilbur attended the dedication of the Sumner School on September 2, 1872. Here's some background.

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Book Topic: Civil War Washington

In 1942, Margaret Leech won a Pulitzer for her book Reveille in Washington 1860-1865. The book was one of the first--maybe the first?--to describe Washington as a living, breathing, and, it would have to be said, smelling place, filled with characters large and small. 

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