Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
04 Jan 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: Inaugurations on the East Portico

Andrew Jackson would be the first to be sworn in on the East Portico of the Capitol. He was also the first that could have been, as the Capitol was not completed until 1826. While no contemporary picture of this event exists, there is a painting of Chief Justice John Marshall administering the oath of […]

31 Dec 2020


New Years Celebrations Past

It looks like it will be a quiet New Year’s Eve today on Capitol Hill, and I thought about historic precedents for this. The closest I could come was 1918, the year that the first World War ended, and the country was ravaged by a pandemic. So, what did those celebrations look like? Pretty quiet, […]

30 Dec 2020
28 Dec 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Inaugurations Past

As we count down the days to the next Presidential inauguration, I wanted to go back and look at tales of Hill inaugurations past. We start, as one so often does, with Thomas Jefferson. When he won the election in 1800, he was Vice President and lived on Capitol Hill in Conrad and McMunn’s boarding […]

23 Dec 2020


Animals on the Hill

It’s sometimes tough to imagine, but there have been some good things that have happened in this otherwise pretty gray year. One of them was the return of CHAAAP – the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project. Sponsored by CHAW and paid for by a DDOT grant, the first ten of these animal-based artworks attached […]

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