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Nelly Custis Lewis's Tomato Soup And Life As A Plantation Matron

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Taste
Christine Stoddard

To honor Nelly's work and capture her position in life, I have created one graphic of her beloved tomato soup recipe, as well as a poetry graphic about her destiny as a plantation matron. Similar Quaker and slave graphics tied to Woodlawn's food history are forthcoming.

The Work To Rebuild Trust In Police

Richard Thomas | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Richard Thomas

Through embracing new ideas and investing in relationship development programs, we will combat racial profiling, provide better training, and deliver a more effective policing model for others to follow. This is the necessary work to build trust between law enforcement and the public to triumph over tragedy and move forward.

Celebrate And Share Your Patriotism On July 4th

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

July Fourth celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It's a showcase for patriotism. But what does all of this really mean? Patrio...

By George, Trump's Manners Disgrace our 4th of July

Philip Smucker | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Philip Smucker

One could be excused for believing the world is upside down at the moment. On the campaign stump, Donald Trump is now invoking the name of George Washington to defend protectionist designs underpinned by crude anti-immigrant slurs.

The Other Washington

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Traces of this other Washington are everywhere. As the new capital was rising from former woods and swampland, slaves labored on many of its buildings, including the White House and the Capitol.

George Washington's Birthday Cake

Alan Singer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

By the time George Washington died in 1799, the enslaved population on his Mount Vernon planation included 318 people, 123 who were "owned" by Washington himself and the rest who were part of the estate of his wife's children from a previous marriage. Instead of freeing the people he claimed to own in his will, Washington transferred ownership to his wife. Some of these people were freed in 1801.

Holiday Events in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Poe | Posted 02.11.2015 | Travel
Andrea Poe

No city better reflects the spirits of America from its very beginnings to its reputation today as the world's melting pot. There's still time to partake in some of the capital's holiday spirit.

George Washington's Dilemma

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.19.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

As much as we would like to thank of our Founding Fathers as icons or demigods, they did not escape the influence of the times in which they lived. Master George's People captures that lifestyle, often from a slave's point of view, with telling photographs by Lori Epstein.

Arin Greenwood

WWII Memorial Closed? Let's Privatize It

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Are you fantasizing about Congress ending the shutdown so you can once again have access to the capital's blocked attractions? Well, her...

George Washington Owned This Property, And For $25 Million It Can Be Yours!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.20.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's a common adage in the D.C. area that any building more than 200 years old can claim, "George Washington slept here." In the...

Great News For Dog-Loving History Buffs

Posted 05.22.2013 | DC

George Washington was a dog lover. He had many dogs, mostly hounds, some with extremely colorful names like Drunkard and Sweet Lips, living at Mount V...

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

George Washington Was A Friend Of Muslims

Craig Considine | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Washington's tolerance of and friendships with Muslims may be a product of his adherence to the principles of Enlightenment, which emphasized a concern for human rights and freedom of choice

Newt And Callista Fans Won't Want To Miss This Local Event

Posted 12.05.2012 | DC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Christmas is coming early for D.C.-area fans of Newt And Callista Gingrich. Newt may once have promoted journeys to Mars. He and...

Pardoned Turkeys Often Have 'Short Retirements'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, President Obama is scheduled to pardon one of two 19-week-old, Virginia-raised, 40-pound male turkeys, otherwise known as ...

The Nation's River

Ed Felker | Posted 11.14.2012 | Green
Ed Felker

The Clean Water Act was critically important and made a real difference, but has it gone far enough? Perhaps a new documentary about the Potomac River will help shine a light on how the law has worked and, more importantly, how it hasn't.

Dining In 1799 At Mount Vernon

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

The house is a microcosm of early American history. The portrait of Louis the XVI in the dining room reminds you of the pivotal role he played in financing the American revolution.

See George Washington's Written-On, Very Expensive Constitution

Posted 09.17.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The United States Constitution was signed 225 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787. You could celebrate by considering how the Constitution ought...

Who Doesn't Love A July 4 Parade In 100-Degree Heat?

Posted 07.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Who doesn't love an Independence Day parade in 100 degree weather? Assuming you're not answering "me" to that question, here are som...

Garrett Peck, Cocktail Aficionado, Has A New Book About The Potomac River

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.24.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Potomac River has shaped history. It's also an awfully nice place to go for a hike. Both these aspects of the river are explored in ...

Astoria Characters: The Born Baker

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.12.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Rosario Notaro, a compact man with big milk chocolate eyes and the energy of a youngster, doesn't like cookies and cakes; perhaps it's because he's been baking them nearly all of his 74 years.

The Housing Mess Hits One New York Town Hard

Daily Finance | David Schepp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many mature housing markets, such as those in the northeastern U.S., have been spared the dramatic drops in prices seen in Florida, Nevada, Arizona an...

PHOTOS: 10 Kid-Friendly Activities In and Around DC

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Katherine Gustafson

In DC, where so many over-serious people run around fluffing their tail feathers and admiring the plumage of their campaign donors, kids can sometimes...

Sonya Beard Gives Up Fight With Cancer, Focuses On Giving Back To Her Community

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Over the last fifteen years, Sonya Beard has been waging an exhausting battle with breast cancer and oral cancer -- and it isn't over yet. Beard's doc...

Forensic Accountants Dig Through George Washington's Records

Washington Post | Joel Achenbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One day in 1791, President George Washington received a bill for 60 pounds, 1 shilling and 7 pence from his physician friend James Craik, who regularl...