28 Nov 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Robert Fulton at the Washington Navy Yard

While researching Samuel Colt’s experiments with mines at the Washington Navy Yard, I came across the statement that “Robert Fulton conducted research and testing on his clockwork torpedo during the War of 1812.” Since numerous sources use this exact wording, it probably comes directly from the Navy. Obviously, this is exactly the sort of historical event […]

29 Sep 2016

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To Do: Weekend of September 29th – October 2nd

I have no idea how October got here so quickly. I am actually wondering if I slept through part of September in a modified Rip Van Winkle. Since life is rapidly flying by let’s carpe diem this weekend big time. Tonight, learn to brew your own kombucha with local fermenters Craft Kombucha in the Union […]

26 Sep 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: The Repairs and Death of the Library Tunnel

Last week, we looked at the design and building of a tunnel to move books from the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress over to the Capitol. Today, we’ll look at its completion and use – as well as repairs that were necessary not long after it opened. Unsurprisingly, the tunnel was of great […]

22 Sep 2016

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To Do: Weekend of September 22nd – 25th

Happy Autumn! Pay no attention to the mosquitoes and muggy weather: It’s time to enjoy all the pumpkin spice, dammit! Tonight, East City Books host a fundraiser for local non-profit DC Diaper Bank. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., enjoy refreshments generously provided by a local restaurant while browsing the shop and learning more about the […]

12 Sep 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Rewards for Runaways

Today’s piece really should be called, “Hooray, the National Intelligencer is online!” Yes, the first run of this venerable newspaper, founded in 1800 as Washington’s paper of record, is finally available at the Library of Congress. The insights that can be gleaned about the early days of the nation’s new capital are invaluable. In looking […]

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