Donna Evers

Those Were the Days

The party scene in Washington changes with different administrations, and each presidency has a subtle but important influence on its ...

Reading Lincoln

Like the cathedrals of Europe, many of our monuments in Washington are rich with symbolism, and can be “read,” especially ...

At 100, the Cherry Trees: Enduring and Fragile Sign of Spring

This spring marks the 100-year anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to beautify the Tidal basin and National ...

The Iconic Obelisk

The Washington Monument is the single most recognized icon in our cityscape, yet its creation had a turbulent beginning, middle ...

Under the French Influence of Jules de Sibour

In the 6th arrondissement in Paris, where the rue des Beaux-Arts meets rue Bonaparte, stands a venerable building which was more influential on architecture in Washington than any other institution, present or past. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts was the training ground for so many great American architects in the Gilded Era of Washington, including the charming maestro of Beaux Arts architecture, Jules Henri de Sibour.

Alice Blue Gown

Lucky the girl who has a best-selling song named after her! In this case, the girl was one of the ...

The Willard: Birthplace of ‘Battle Hymn’

While historians generally believe the term “lobbyist” came from England circa 1800, it is part of our local lore that ...

The Queen and her Castle

Washington’s Gilded Era between 1880 and 1929 had its share of characters, and Mary Foote Henderson was one of ...

The Origins of DC's Landscape

How the D.C. Height of Buildings Act and the plans of many gifted thinkers created the unique cityscape we enjoy today.

The Making of a Museum: The Birth of the Smithsonian

It is ironic that the bastard son of the Duke of Northumberland left the family name on what was to ...

The Making of a Museum

How the glorious National Gallery of Art got its start when a friend lent Paul Mellon the keys to his apartment.

1960: Looking Back a Half Century

Depending on how old you are, 1960 may not seem so long ago, but the world was quite a different place then.

Listening to the Paintings

Plato advised his students about the dangers of forming strong opinions when they were still very young and inexperienced. Duncan Phillips learned this life lesson and went on to be a great promoter of what he originally disparaged.

The Good Gray Poet

America's favorite belletrist — no, not Bob Dylan — was both horrified and inspired by his tenure as a nurse in Washington's Civil War hospitals.

Cleveland Park

It’s hard to believe, but true. When Grover Cleveland was president, his young wife used to pick him up ...

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