15 Feb 2018


“We Need to Reexamine Our City’s System of Oversight”

Joe Weedon is a Ward 6 resident, parent and the Ward 6 representative to the D.C. State Board of Education.  Over the past few months, the city (at least those of us in the education world) has been captivated by the reports of and investigation into the graduation irregularities at Ballou High School and across DCPS. […]

12 Feb 2018


Lost Capitol Hill: The Merry Bachelors

The history of the Hill is littered with many and varied clubs and associations. Some, like the Masons, are still with us. Others, like the Odd Fellows Club, still exist but have disappeared from the Hill. And then there was the Ugly Club, which has – probably rightly – disappeared entirely. It is probably for […]

05 Feb 2018


Lost Capitol Hill: The Washington Monument Cornerstone

Readers of my posts will remember that the workers at the Navy Yard are not always focused on just Navy work, but occasionally stray into other fields of endeavor. One of those relates to one of Washington’s most iconic monuments. On June 6, 1848, the work on the foundation of the Washington Monument had proceeded […]

22 Jan 2018


Lost Capitol Hill: Rear Admiral McCormick

When I started looking at the McCormick family two weeks ago, I found myself looking forward to the third of the line. Not only had he been a Rear Admiral in the Navy but a Commandant at the Washington Navy Yard as well. This was, I thought, enough to ensure that he would have stories […]

15 Jan 2018


Lost Capitol Hill: Vandalusia

Last week we looked at Alexander McCormick, Capitol Hill merchant. The McCormick family stayed nearby, starting with his son, also named Alexander McCormick. The younger McCormick was, like his father, not one to make it into the history books; however, two tales of his life are worth mentioning. The first was that McCormick, who was […]

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