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Facebook Wall - Matt Wuerker wins Pulitzer

quote: He noted that he had spoken to his...
Phil Falcone2:40pm Apr 20
quote: He noted that he had spoken to his father, 87-year-old Joseph Allbritton, the previous evening. "I asked him, 'You were publisher of The Washington Star from '76 to '79?' I said, 'Did you guys ever win one of these things?' He said, 'Yeah, actually, we did. Pat Oliphant, he was a cartoonist!' So thank you, Matt, for keeping this family tradition going."

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POLITICO's Matt Wuerker has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. The board gave the...
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Facebook Wall - Dick Clark Dead at 82

Phil Falcone11:49am Apr 18
Dick Clark Dead at 82
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For decades, Clark hosted 'American Bandstand,' New Year's broadcasts.
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Facebook Wall - Charles Colson Dies at 80

Phil Falcone1:24pm Apr 21
Watergate Figure and Evangelical Leader Charles Colson Dies at 80
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Charles Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for...
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If you live or will be visiting Washington, DC...
Jerry A. McCoy6:35am Apr 23
If you live or will be visiting Washington, DC in May please consider stopping in to attend one of our "Welcome to Georgetown, George!" lecture. On May 3rd Garrett Peck will talk about his new book "The Potomac River: A History and Guide."
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Facebook Wall - Welcome to Georgetown, George!

Welcome to Georgetown, George! A FREE author...
Jerry A. McCoy10:45am Apr 14
Welcome to Georgetown, George!

A FREE author lecture series in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of George Peabody's arrival in Georgetown and the return of his fully restored portrait that was damaged in 2007 Georgetown Branch Library fire.

This May marks the 200th anniversary of 17-year-old George Peabody's arrival in Georgetown in 1812 with his older uncle and their establishment of a dry goods store on Bridge Street, today's M Street. Decades later, Mr. Peabody was a multi-millionaire and in 1867 he donated $15,000 to establish a library in Georgetown. Mr. Peabody believed that the only way to elevate oneself was through education.

This was why he funded the establishment of a library in Georgetown, among dozens of other educational and cultural organizations throughout the United States. The Georgetown Branch Library's Peabody Room was named in his honor in 1935 with the purpose to serve as a repository of Georgetown's neighborhood history.

Join us at 6:30 pm each Thursday in May at the Peabody Room, located on the third floor of the Georgetown Branch Library, 3260 R Street, NW (corner of Wisconsin Avenue), Washington, DC. For additional information contact Jerry A. McCoy, (202) 727-0233 or email jerry.mccoy@dc.gov.

The line-up in May of Thursday, 6:30 pm author talks are:

May 3, Garrett Peck, The Potomac River: A History and Guide

May 10, John DeFerrari, Lost Washington, DC

May 17, Michael Lee Pope, Hidden History of Alexandria, DC

May 24, James H. Johnston, From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family

May 31, David Mould, Remembering Georgetown: A History of the Lost Port City
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Facebook Wall - D.C. Public Library Washingtonia Division

●D.C. Public Library (●paper, microfilm and...
Phil Falcone10:41am Apr 14
●D.C. Public Library (●paper, microfilm and online)

www.dclibrary.org/research/collections

The Washingtoniana Division at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library houses city directories from 1822 to 1973 that include the occupation of each homeowner, permits to build homes and additions from 1877 through 1949 (permits to build after 1949 are at the D.C. Archives), more than 8,000 maps dating from 1612, daily newspapers from 1800, the Washington Star's photo collection, and private family, neighborhood and organizations' papers and records.

City directories from 1822 to 1973 are on microfilm. From 1914 on, there's a crisscross feature in the back. In addition to names and addresses, the directory includes race and occupation. Building permits for the years 1877 to 1949 are also on microfilm.

The Washingtoniana Division includes Baist and Hopkins plat maps. Older plat maps are quite beautiful with painted water colors. (The Library of Congress has some of the early maps online, but some find it cumbersome to zoom and slide.)

The collection of the Washington Star's clippings and photos isn't digitized, but the index is in progress. With 1.3 million photos taken between the 1950s and 1981, there's a decent chance that there's a photo of your street or neighborhood.

The Peabody Room at the Georgetown Library holds materials about the history of Georgetown, including photos, maps and more.
DC Public Library's Special Collections | District of Columbia Public Library
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Facebook Wall - Historical Photo Archive

http://www.shorpy.com/node/12738 The Nats vs...
Mary Lou White5:49pm Apr 12
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The Nats vs Yankees, 1924, at the Star building.
Virtual Baseball: 1924 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive
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High-resolution vintage photo archive with thousands of HD images.
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Facebook Wall - Star Newspaper Boxes

I thought it might be fun to create an...
Jerry A. McCoy11:38am Apr 10
I thought it might be fun to create an inventory of surviving Star newspaper boxes. This one, on long-term loan from my collection, sits in the DC Public Library's Washingtoniana Division, Room #307, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. "Like" WASH's Facebook page if you haven't already (just search for "Washingtoniana" on Facebook)!
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Facebook Wall - From the April 10, 1912 "Evening Star"

From the April 10, 1912 "Evening Star." To see...
Jerry A. McCoy9:47am Apr 10
From the April 10, 1912 "Evening Star." To see what 726 Upshur Street, NW looks like today (at least the front elevation) click on http://tinyurl.com/762k5b7 (it is the salmon painted rowhouse).
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Facebook Wall - Mike Wallace dies at 93

Phil Falcone8:23am Apr 8

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CBS newsman Mike Wallace, the dogged, merciless reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, ce...
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Facebook Wall - An old Star newspaper machine

An old Star newspaper machine my mom and I...
Jim Forbes4:14am Apr 8
An old Star newspaper machine my mom and I bought at a Star reunion. It looks great!
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Facebook Wall - Cover of the Sunday Star's Sunday Magazine

Cover of the Sunday Star's Sunday Magazine...
Jerry A. McCoy4:00pm Apr 7
Cover of the Sunday Star's Sunday Magazine from April 7, 1912. Information on illustrator Jessie Gillespie is at http://tinyurl.com/82rtkco
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Facebook Wall - Pat Hoerth quote

quote: Washington Star Feature Writer...
Phil Falcone12:36pm Apr 7
quote: Washington Star Feature Writer Pat Hoerth says, "Stanley deftly holds the reader in this gentle story of a boy's inner struggle with hope and harshness, warmth and rejection, imagination and reality, love lost and love found."
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Author uses story of young boy as metaphor for important issues abandoned children face as they grow
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David Stanley mixes events from his life with fiction to create "The Grasshopper King"
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Facebook Wall - Q&A with Winston Groom

Phil Falcone12:32pm Apr 7

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Part of a dying breed of salty newsmen turned authors, Winston Groom used to hold forth with the lik...
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Facebook Wall - Old Star Photo

From the April 6, 1912 "Evening Star." Caption...
Jerry A. McCoy9:16am Apr 6
From the April 6, 1912 "Evening Star." Caption reads, "Side yard of stable in Georgetown, with manure pile at left. Unless removed millions of flies will breed here." Today this stable is probably occupied by people!
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