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Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library In addition to the below posted Tuesday and Thursday hours, the Peabody Room is open the first Satur

Named in honor of 19th century merchant, banker & philanthropist George Peabody (1795-1869), the Peabody Room is a special collections of Georgetown neighborhood history. Established in 1935, the collection houses books, photographs, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, artwork, and artifacts documenting Georgetown's two and a half centuries.

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Where else can you see a late 1960s autographed 8 x 10 glossy of Robert Redford (made out to the Biograph Theater) displ...
01/06/2023

Where else can you see a late 1960s autographed 8 x 10 glossy of Robert Redford (made out to the Biograph Theater) displayed next to a 1757 deed from George Beall bequeathing 1,380 acres extending from upper Georgetown to Tenleytown to his son (Beall was a co-owner of the land that became Georgetown)?

Why, at the Peabody Room of course!

See these and lots of other treasures tomorrow, Saturday, January 7th, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Third floor, Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street, NW.

Happy 2023!What would you like to see more of from the pages of the 1822 Intelligencer and the 1922 Star?
01/01/2023

Happy 2023!

What would you like to see more of from the pages of the 1822 Intelligencer and the 1922 Star?

The Georgetown Courier December 28, 1872
12/28/2022

The Georgetown Courier
December 28, 1872

Daily National Intelligencer December 27, 1822A favorite of genealogists and researchers of local DC history, the announ...
12/27/2022

Daily National Intelligencer
December 27, 1822

A favorite of genealogists and researchers of local DC history, the announcement of the first publication of a Washington city directory appeared 200 years ago today. The 148-page directory sold for $1.00 (about $25.50 today).

A facsimile edition was published in 1938 by R. L. Polk & Co. (city directories publisher). While DCPL special collections has numerous copies of this edition, it does not house a copy of the original imprint.

A useful list of all individuals that appear in the directory may be viewed at http://www.theusgenweb.org/dcgenweb/geography/dc_people_1822.shtml

Has anyone ever seen the 1822 edition?

Merry Christmas to you non-resident property owners!(First of four full pages listing  taxes due.)
12/25/2022

Merry Christmas to you non-resident property owners!

(First of four full pages listing taxes due.)

Georgetown Courier December 23, 1872This confectionery was located on the north side of M Street between 31st and Wiscon...
12/23/2022

Georgetown Courier
December 23, 1872

This confectionery was located on the north side of M Street between 31st and Wisconsin Avenue.

Elf and friend are here at the Peabody Room!  When are you going to visit?Open today until 6:00 pm and Thursday from 1:0...
12/13/2022

Elf and friend are here at the Peabody Room!

When are you going to visit?

Open today until 6:00 pm and Thursday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Georgetown CourierNovember 30, 1872First Street is the section of today's N Street located on the west side of Wisco...
11/30/2022

The Georgetown Courier
November 30, 1872

First Street is the section of today's N Street located on the west side of Wisconsin Avenue (High Street). Wanting to know more about "Mr. Welch" who owned the referenced mansion, a quick consultation of the 1872 Boyd's Washington, DC Directory indicated that a James S. Welch lived at 29 1st Street. Welch was co-owner along with Abraham H. Herr of Herr & Welch, a flour milling operation that was located at Potomac and Grace Street.

No wonder he lived in a mansion!

Knowing that 29 1st Street, if extant, was located on the south side of N between Wisconsin and Potomac, a quick survey of https://tinyurl.com/5n8b9suu narrowed down the only possibility of Mr. Welch's mansion being 3248 N Street. Originally constructed in 1808 as a two-story brick house for Walter Smith, a third floor topped by a mansard roof was later added to the structure.

With a current address in hand, the Peabody Room's house file for 3248 N was pulled and confirmed Mr. Welch's residency. In 1888 the mansion became The Baptist Home for Aged & Retired Persons and served in that capacity until it was sold in 1962. Today the property is a 7-unit condominium.

Mr. Welch is interred in an unmarked grave at Georgetown's Oak Hill Cemetery. Visit https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35519595/james-sylvester-welch .

To peruse the 1872 or other DC city directory years, use your DCPL library card at https://www.dclibrary.org/ancestry

A very small collection titled "Labor Contract and Inventory of Enslaved Persons in Georgetown" has recently been added ...
11/21/2022
Labor Contract and Inventory of Enslaved Persons in Georgetown | Dig DC

A very small collection titled "Labor Contract and Inventory of Enslaved Persons in Georgetown" has recently been added to DigDC. This collection consists of two manuscripts that document the existence and work of enslaved people and free laborers in Georgetown in the early 1800s. The manuscripts include a contract for the labor of an unnamed enslaved man; and a log of enslaved people and free laborers.

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George Peabody mentioned in the New York Times!
11/16/2022
Jeff Bezos Says He Will Give Away Most of His Fortune

George Peabody mentioned in the New York Times!

The Amazon founder, estimated to be worth $124 billion, suggested in an interview on CNN that he would donate most of his money to charity in his lifetime, the first time he had made such a pledge.

11/11/2022
The Georgetown Courier November 9, 1872The corner of Beall and Greene is today O and 29th Street
11/09/2022

The Georgetown Courier
November 9, 1872

The corner of Beall and Greene is today O and 29th Street

Reminder: Daylight saving time ends tomorrow at 2:00 am, so don’t forget to "fall back" and set your clocks back one hou...
11/05/2022

Reminder: Daylight saving time ends tomorrow at 2:00 am, so don’t forget to "fall back" and set your clocks back one hour!

In honor of today's 125th anniversary of the opening of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, stop i...
11/01/2022

In honor of today's 125th anniversary of the opening of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, stop into the Peabody Room this week and received a free vintage postcard!

Open Tuesday till 6:00, Thursday 12-7, and Saturday from 10-1 and 3-6.

(Postcard giveaway courtesy of Jerry A. McCoy!)

https://library.georgetown.edu/exhibition/filming-exorcist?fbclid=IwAR33nDWdjWGNdi4Vb7vLxMq-Gv4oJ5ySNgrrXxGAFE74Edv7ELKr...
10/31/2022
The Filming of "The Exorcist" | Georgetown University Library

https://library.georgetown.edu/exhibition/filming-exorcist?fbclid=IwAR33nDWdjWGNdi4Vb7vLxMq-Gv4oJ5ySNgrrXxGAFE74Edv7ELKrAcqI2p4

In October and November 1972, scenes for the movie, The Exorcist, were filmed at sites on or close to the Georgetown University campus. The Quadrangle, Dahlgren Chapel, Healy Hall, Old North, Kehoe Field, the Lauinger Library steps, and the “Exorcist Steps” (74 stone steps offering a convenient ...

Georgetown Courier October 26, 1872Update on the raising of the 1865 Georgetown Market. Seven thousand dollars is equal ...
10/26/2022

Georgetown Courier
October 26, 1872

Update on the raising of the 1865 Georgetown Market. Seven thousand dollars is equal to about $164,000 today.

10/19/2022
The Georgetown Courier October 19, 1872(Surprised to learn that the 1865 Georgetown Market was raised two feet!)
10/19/2022

The Georgetown Courier
October 19, 1872

(Surprised to learn that the 1865 Georgetown Market was raised two feet!)

10/18/2022
Sharing!Dear Friends, Please join us for a celebration! We are so happy to announce that the armillary sphere at the Ent...
10/14/2022
Friends of Montrose Park

Sharing!

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a celebration!

We are so happy to announce that the armillary sphere at the Entrance Ellipse in Montrose Park is ready to be reinstalled! Please join us on Sunday, October 23rd from 3 to 5 pm. We will celebrate the return of the sphere and honor Sarah Louisa Rittenhouse in whose memory the sphere was originally erected and who was the driving force behind the creation of Montrose Park.

And our next Volunteer Day will be Saturday, October 29, 9:30 am to 12 noon. Hope to see you!

Thank you so much,

Georgina Owen Horsey
President, Friends of Montrose Park

Friends of Montrose Park is an official partner of the National Park Service, supporting Rock Creek Park through its SOLVE (Sustaining Our Lands with Volunteer Energy) stewardship program.

The Evening Star October 13, 1922(Does anyone know if current owner PNC Bank has plans to celebrate the structure's 100t...
10/14/2022

The Evening Star
October 13, 1922

(Does anyone know if current owner PNC Bank has plans to celebrate the structure's 100th anniversary?)

The Evening Star October 12, 1922
10/12/2022

The Evening Star
October 12, 1922

The Sunday Star & The Washington Daily NewsOctober 1, 1972
10/01/2022

The Sunday Star & The Washington Daily News
October 1, 1972

Happy ! This menu is from the Hamilton Arms Coffee House, located at 1232 31st Street, NW in Georgetown from 1939 to 195...
09/29/2022

Happy !

This menu is from the Hamilton Arms Coffee House, located at 1232 31st Street, NW in Georgetown from 1939 to 1957. The staining at the top wasn't the result of spilled coffee but was due to water damage from the 2007 Georgetown Neighborhood Library fire!

Today the Peabody Room was visited by Sue Hyde Dodge Casner and her brother, Charles Tyler Dodge, GGG Grandchildren of F...
09/27/2022

Today the Peabody Room was visited by Sue Hyde Dodge Casner and her brother, Charles Tyler Dodge, GGG Grandchildren of Francis Dodge, Sr. (the man in the portrait behind them). The siblings are holding a group photograph of Mr. Dodge's six sons that was taken March 3, 1877 at the studio of C. M. Bell, 459/461 Pennsylvania Avenue (the day before the presidential inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes).

Dodge, Sr. fathered eleven children. Ten of them are interred at Georgetown's Oak Hill Cemetery!

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38696798/francis-dodge

In light of the fact that this painting turned 50 years old this year, I thought I'd try again to see if anyone might kn...
09/27/2022

In light of the fact that this painting turned 50 years old this year, I thought I'd try again to see if anyone might know who the artist is. Thank you!

George is here!
09/23/2022

George is here!

09/22/2022

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How you know folks who say they are from Georgetown are really not from Georgetown. It is Dumbar not Dumbar Street. Beall (pronounced BELL) was wounded in the battle of DUNBAR (Scotland) and he was given a land grant (which is now Georgetown) and he named his home DUNBAR! Dunbar House, Dunbarton Oaks! Dumbar was used later not as a complement for the many Scottish and Irish labors who worked and lived here and they were called DUMBARTONSHIRES (and it was not a complement)! Prove me wrong! !
Yarrow Mamout may be Georgetown's most famous historic Black resident. Originally from the West African country of Guinea and literate in Arabic, Mamout was enslaved and brought to the US at the age of 16. He later moved to Georgetown as a free man and bought a house just around the block from Q Street and Dumbarton House - at 3324 Dent Place NW (his house no longer stands).

In 1819, famed portrait painter Charles Willson Peale spent two days painting and talking with Mamout. As Peale noted, Yarrow was “comfortable in his Situation having Bank stock and [he] lives in his own house.” This was one of two paintings known to have been made of Marmout. Peale’s hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the other, by James Alexander Simpson, is on display at the Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Learn more about Mamout by reading the WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio and Washington Post articles at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse.

My Great Great Great Grandfather who with his wife and young son Henry left Antigua where he was a laborer on a sugar plantation and made his way to America in 1846… on to Georgetown… and the rest is history!
Ad from Georgetown College Journal Review Vol. 26, 1897
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Our Great Grandfather runs away and elopes with one of the workers in the Pie Plant here in D.C. my Grandmother Ethel Stewart Copperthite Kuwell. All was set right and a proper wedding was done at St. John's Church Georgetown, with Reverend Buck presiding! (My Great Grandmother has her hand on my shoulder in the picture far right)!
1874 MAP OF GEORGETOWN
Dunbarton street not dumbarton!
Greetings from Bloomsday in Melbourne, Australia. Thought you might be interested to know about what we're doing for Bloomsday. We're doing 18 short films, one for each episode, and you can see them live on Facebook on Bloomsday here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloomsday2020
Aqueduct Bridge. The day the Free Bridge Opened (the bridge build over Aqueduct Bridge). Our Pie Wagon headed over to Virginia to deliver pies to the soldiers at Ft. Camp Algers in 1898. The same view. And the ruins of what now is called Aqueduct Bridge and the current Key Bridge.
Besides, as Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Jerry McCoy said in his Census Day video, don’t you want researchers to be able to find you in 2092, when the results of the 2020 Census are released?
Saturday, April 11 at 1pm in the Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library:Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist, will discuss how the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 2020 tells a story--and counts more than ever. This program is free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 11 at 1pm in the Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library:Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist, will discuss how the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 2020 tells a story--and counts more than ever. This program is free and open to the public.
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