Back to Front

July 31, 2015 - Does the Capitol building have its back to the Federal City? The so-called East Front IS the front. The Freedom statue a...
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Horseless Carriages

July 30, 2015 - In 1895 the Evening Star reported on the Motocycle race, a contest which began the race to develop the automobile. Nine...
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Capitalsaurus of DC

July 29, 2015 - The Official Dinosaur Act of 1998 made the Capitalsaurus Washington DC's official dinosaur. The problem is no such dinos...
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Dark Day

July 28, 2015 - Thousands of hungry men descended on Washington in droves in the summer of 1932 to agitate for money they had been promi...
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Unloved Monuments

July 27, 2015 - In DuPont Circle fountain once stood a sculpture of the man himself. Hated by family members, they paid for the replacem...
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Suffragette City

July 26, 2015 - In 1913, the Suffragettes came to Washington to demonstrate for the right to vote. Police stood by when the crowd, in to...
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Brutalist Washington

July 25, 2015 - The huge, menacing hulk of the FBI building, which dominates downtown DC may be replaced. Fans of this architectural sty...
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Capital Columns

July 24, 2015 - Washington DC, with its profusion of neoclassical architecture, is itself a monument to the idealism of its founders. No...
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The Doggiest of the Dog Days

July 23, 2015 - When the brightest star in the night, Sirius, the dog star, disappears when it moves too close to the sun, we are in the...
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An Early Photo Enthusiast

July 22, 2015 - Photography was twenty years old in 1858 when Lincoln embraced the form. Two years later, Mathew Brady's 1860 photo help...
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The Washington Obelisk

July 21, 2015 - The simple stone rising from the heart of Washington's monumental core began as a much more complicated design. A lack o...
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Summer in the City

July 20, 2015 - In late July of 1952, military and civilian airport personnel saw a series of UFOS over Washington. The CIA had been mon...
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The Official and Unofficial Civil War

July 19, 2015 - Eighteen monuments around Washington are officially designated as Civil War monuments. While most look like war monument...
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Lincoln's Memorials

July 18, 2015 - That vast and imposing temple to the savior of the union of the United States is the third memorial to President Lincoln...
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A Gift to the Nation

July 17, 2015 - Carol M. Highsmith has made photographs in every state. What's more remarkable than the quality or breadth of her work i...
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The Federal City Created

July 16, 2015 - July 16 in 1790 was the day Washington the President created Washington the city. Washington, DC began with his signatur...
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