Images of DC in History
Project Ideas
LeeAnnCafferata Hist390-003, The Digital Past, George Mason University, Spring 2014
Tiber Creek, 1825

Peter Waddell, Tiber Creek: The Bathers, oil on canvas, 48″ x 72″, © White House Historical Association...
Washington DC, 1800

Photo shows a black-and-white engraving published in 1834 to portray Washington, D.C. and the west fr...
Oliver Wolcott Description, DC, 1835
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I have made every exertion to secure good lodgings near the office, but shall b...
Pennsylvania Avenue, 1839

Cityscape drawing shows two men standing lower center near Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street i...
Design Entry, Washington Monument,
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The Mall, xxxx
Burnes House, xxxxx
Women Cutting Currency
Ben’s Chili Bowl: a Cultural Landmark

Ben’s Chili Bowl, circa 1960 (l), 1970 (r) From
“History of Ben’s Chili Bowl.”
[ben...
From Washington History, Fall/Winter
2001-2002

Don’t miss this article full of primary sources: “The Art of DC Politics: ...
Topics and Sources
• Alexander Robey Shepherd
• Marion Barry
• Neighborhoods and neighborhood associations: http://www.hne...
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  1. 1. Images of DC in History Project Ideas LeeAnnCafferata Hist390-003, The Digital Past, George Mason University, Spring 2014
  2. 2. Tiber Creek, 1825 Peter Waddell, Tiber Creek: The Bathers, oil on canvas, 48″ x 72″, © White House Historical Association. William Seale essay, “The Bathers.” [http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_exhibits/waddell_white-house-past/president-adams-essay.html]
  3. 3. Washington DC, 1800 Photo shows a black-and-white engraving published in 1834 to portray Washington, D.C. and the west front of the U.S. Capitol grounds as they were in 1800. Includes the west end of the west grounds and Pennsylvania Avenue, with poplar trees planted in 1803. Architect of the Capitol Collection, Library of Congress,.
  4. 4. Oliver Wolcott Description, DC, 1835 • • I have made every exertion to secure good lodgings near the office, but shall be compelled to take them at the distance of more than half a mile. There are, in fact, but a few houses at any one place, and most of them small miserable huts, which present an awful contrast to the public buildings.–The people are poor, and, as far as I can judge, they live like fishes, by eating each other. All the ground for several miles around the city being, in the opinion of the people, too valuable to be cultivated, remains unfenced. There are but few enclosures, even for gardens, and those are in bad order. You may look in almost any direction, over an extent of ground nearly as large as the city of New York, without seeing a fence or any object except brick-kilns and temporary huts for laborers. Greenleaf’s Point presents the appearance of a considerable town which had been destroyed by some unusual calamity. There are (at Greenleaf’s Point) fifty or sixty spacious houses, five or six of which are occupied by negroes and vagrants, and a few more by decent working people; but there are no fences, gardens, nor the least appearance of business. This place is about a mile and a half south of the Capitol.” Excerpt, Wolcott, Oliver. “The City of Washington.” Baltimore Sun, December 1853.p. 1 Located via Proquest Historical Newspapers
  5. 5. Pennsylvania Avenue, 1839 Cityscape drawing shows two men standing lower center near Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street in the northwest quadrant of Washington, DC while a cow lies on the ground nearby. A man on horseback rides toward the First Unitarian Church, designed by Bulfinch. Augustus Kollner, artist. Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004662007/
  6. 6. Design Entry, Washington Monument, xxxxx
  7. 7. The Mall, xxxx
  8. 8. Burnes House, xxxxx
  9. 9. Women Cutting Currency
  10. 10. Ben’s Chili Bowl: a Cultural Landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl, circa 1960 (l), 1970 (r) From “History of Ben’s Chili Bowl.” [benschilibowl.com/wp-content/.../BCB-FullHistory.pdf]
  11. 11. From Washington History, Fall/Winter 2001-2002 Don’t miss this article full of primary sources: “The Art of DC Politics: Broadsides, Banners, and Bumper Stickers,” by Faye Haskins. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40073539
  12. 12. Topics and Sources • Alexander Robey Shepherd • Marion Barry • Neighborhoods and neighborhood associations: http://www.hnet.org/~dclist/neighborhoods.html [courtesy H-Net ~dclist] • TO BE CONTINUED…

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