I frequently write about George Washington, especially as we get closer to his February 22nd birthday. Articles like...Read More
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It may be hard to imagine, but there was a time when people would vacation on the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.Read More
It's 1838, just after Christmas, the Potomac River was frozen solid, and William Coates sat down to pen a letter to his...Read More
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For 40 years, the Old Club Restaurant operated at 555 S. Washington St. at the corner of Gibbon Street. It is famously...Read More
Let me start by saying there is nothing particularly memorable about this 1841 letter.
Charlotte, of Alexandria, D.C....Read More
The 1951 brochure below reads, "At Hunting Towers you no longer have to go far to 'get away from it all.' The quiet...Read More
Until recently, Collingwood, one of the three Potomac River mansions occupied by the Snowden brothers, existed in the...Read More
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There have been more than 6,000 visits to the OurHistoryMuseum blog since we launched it in December. Collectively, we...Read More
OurHistoryMuseum is a crowdsourced and virtual history museum that anyone can contribute to. We are prototyping with our hometown first — Alexandria, Virginia. The app will be available nationally soon. In the meantime, sign up for our blog or follow OHM on social media (both at the bottom of this page) to keep updated.
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Our mission is to save history — its preservation via digitization. We hope to capture images of old postcards, transcribe old letters, and make all photographs available for browsing. Our entire museum is virtual. Our app will be available for download sometime soon. We are producing a prototype, and our first test market will be Alexandria Virginia, our hometown. But this is just a start.