Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library The Peabody Room is also open the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am tomorrow, Sunday, November 5th. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before ...
11/04/2023

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am tomorrow, Sunday, November 5th. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight.

Georgetown's J. Clinton Tribby Jeweler and Optician, 3115 M Street, NW, was in operation from approximately 1910 to 1928. The building was demolished in 1940. This amazing 7-day clock (which keeps perfect time), is part of the Peabody Room's varied collections.

Come check it out! Open today until 6:00 pm.

11/04/2023
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The foundation has been working to preserve and restore the historically Black sacred burial ground, Mount Zion-Female Union Band Society Cemeteries, which is tucked away on Georgetown’s Q Street.

With Thanksgiving only three weeks from today, you know you'll need the cranberry sauce!Here are two recipes from the "T...
11/02/2023

With Thanksgiving only three weeks from today, you know you'll need the cranberry sauce!

Here are two recipes from the "The Georgetown Cook Book" (641.5 W318) that is housed in the Peabody Room.

Happy National Mule Day!(Canal Clipper I and disabled veterans, Washington DC, 1946,M.L.K. Library, NCP Box 1, C&O Canal...
10/26/2023

Happy National Mule Day!

(Canal Clipper I and disabled veterans, Washington DC, 1946,
M.L.K. Library, NCP Box 1, C&O Canal, Recreation, Barge Trips, 1946.)

Ten years ago today I spotted this red-shouldered hawk aloft the Georgetown Branch Library's "Lamp of Learning" weatherv...
10/23/2023

Ten years ago today I spotted this red-shouldered hawk aloft the Georgetown Branch Library's "Lamp of Learning" weathervane. Usually only pigeons are seen up there. Hmmm....

10/05/2023

Happy 88th Anniversary to the Georgetown Neighborhood Library (and Peabody Room), which opened to the public on this day in 1935!

Thank You to the nearly 125+ folks who visited the Peabody Room between 6 and 9 last night as part of “Georgetown Art Al...
09/30/2023

Thank You to the nearly 125+ folks who visited the Peabody Room between 6 and 9 last night as part of “Georgetown Art All Night.” As publicized, the 1822 painting of Yarrow Mamout attracted lots of attention. An added bonus were vintage Washington, DC postcards (from my own private collection) that I was giving away.

Many young folks had never seen a postcard before and were fascinated at the concept of writing a message and address on then, adhering a postage stamp (48c), and mailing it to a friend.

I think I created some deltiologists last night!

Happy  ! This menu is from the Hamilton Arms Coffee House, located at 1232 31st Street, NW in Georgetown from 1939 to 19...
09/29/2023

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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!

(Stop on by from 6PM - 9PM TONIGHT for "Georgetown Art All Night.")

The Georgetown CourierSeptember 27, 1873West = P Street (east side of Wisconsin Avenue)High = Wisconsin AvenueFourth = V...
09/26/2023

The Georgetown Courier
September 27, 1873

West = P Street (east side of Wisconsin Avenue)
High = Wisconsin Avenue
Fourth = Volta Place
Fayette = 35th Street
Second = O Street (west side of Wisconsin Avenue)
Dunbarton = Dumbarton Street

The Peabody Room will be open this Friday from 6-9PM for "Art All Night!"Stop on by to see some never-before-displayed a...
09/25/2023

The Peabody Room will be open this Friday from 6-9PM for "Art All Night!"

Stop on by to see some never-before-displayed artworks (as well as the 1822 portrait of Yarrow Mamout that is on permanent display).

Scroll down to the library page.

DC Art All Night is a free annual arts festival. Discover art in Georgetown.

Does anyone have anecdotes about Georgetown book dealer Larry McMurtry at Booked Up on 31st Street?(No, the Peabody Room...
09/12/2023

Does anyone have anecdotes about Georgetown book dealer Larry McMurtry at Booked Up on 31st Street?

(No, the Peabody Room does not have any of these postcards!)

Unbound. Three partially printed postcards with the logo and address of McMurtry's rare book store, Booked Up, each addressed to the same Cambridge, Massachusetts bookseller and each with a brief handwritten note ordering items from that bookseller's catalog. One is Signed in full; the other two are...

The Evening Star September 8, 1923How I wish the house had not been obscured by foliage!  The structure lasted about ano...
09/09/2023

The Evening Star
September 8, 1923

How I wish the house had not been obscured by foliage! The structure lasted about another 17 years when it was demolished in the early 1940s to construct half a dozen houses:

3100 Q
3102 Q
3104 Q
3106 Q
1528 31st
1532 31st

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The Peabody Room is a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history, and is a part of The People's Archive. The People’s Archive is DC Public Library’s local history center with materials on D.C. and African American history and culture. The Peabody Room has a house history file, coverin...

Today is the 150th anniversary of the death of Washington, DC's most famous 19th-century dandy, Robert Singleton "Beau" ...
09/02/2023

Today is the 150th anniversary of the death of Washington, DC's most famous 19th-century dandy, Robert Singleton "Beau" Hickman. In death he was certainly as memorable as in life, per this article from the September 6, 1873, Georgetown Courier.

To learn more about Mr. Hickman, please visit:

http://allenbrowne.blogspot.com/2011/12/robert-s-beau-hickman-king-of-bummers.html

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37494083/robert-singleton-hickman

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Life_Adventures_and_Anecdotes_of_Beau_Hi/IvItAAAAYAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

The Evening Star September 1, 1923The current address of the house with the awnings is 1737 34th Street NW.
09/01/2023

The Evening Star
September 1, 1923

The current address of the house with the awnings is 1737 34th Street NW.

A first for the Peabody Room took place yesterday when Binyamin was brought up to the room by a colleague to inquire if ...
08/25/2023

A first for the Peabody Room took place yesterday when Binyamin was brought up to the room by a colleague to inquire if he could propose marriage to his girlfriend Alanna in 30 minutes!

Mazel Tov!

The Georgetown CourierAugust 9, 1873
08/09/2023

The Georgetown Courier
August 9, 1873

08/07/2023

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The Evening Star August 7, 1923
08/07/2023

The Evening Star
August 7, 1923

On this day, 201 years ago, 17-year-old Georgetown artist James Alexander Simpson either sat with or finished his portra...
08/05/2023

On this day, 201 years ago, 17-year-old Georgetown artist James Alexander Simpson either sat with or finished his portrait painting of 86-year-old Yarrow Mamout in Georgetown!

The Evening Star July 30, 1923
07/30/2023

The Evening Star
July 30, 1923

Did you know that actress Myrna Loy was a Georgetown resident from 1951-52 and lived at 3522 P Street as well as 2804 N ...
07/29/2023

Did you know that actress Myrna Loy was a Georgetown resident from 1951-52 and lived at 3522 P Street as well as 2804 N Street? At the time she was married to Howland H. Sergeant of UNESCO (the last of four husbands).

Never heard of Loy?

Check out her film credits at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001485/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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07/20/2023

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Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society cemeteries, which together constitute the oldest African American burial ground in the Washington, DC area, is a long-contested space with powerful emotional holds on local communities of color. Among the cemetery’s most charged and beloved sites, the locus...

Another submission for the Peabody Room's "Metro Myth" vertical file (July 14, 2023, Washington Post editorial). This ur...
07/18/2023

Another submission for the Peabody Room's "Metro Myth" vertical file (July 14, 2023, Washington Post editorial). This urban legend is nearing half a century old and I don't think it will ever die.

The Thomas C. Wheeler covered 184 miles and had to go through 74 locks during that 50 hours of travel.
07/12/2023

The Thomas C. Wheeler covered 184 miles and had to go through 74 locks during that 50 hours of travel.

The Georgetown Courier July 5, 1873
07/05/2023

The Georgetown Courier
July 5, 1873

The Evening Star June 30, 1923Not sure which houses these are other than the three built in 1923 at 1684-1688 32nd Stree...
06/30/2023

The Evening Star
June 30, 1923

Not sure which houses these are other than the three built in 1923 at 1684-1688 32nd Street on the nw corner of Reservoir Road.

Daily National IntelligencerJune 23, 1823Now, to figure out at which address (3327‑3339 N Street, NW) Mrs. Shedden's sch...
06/23/2023

Daily National Intelligencer
June 23, 1823

Now, to figure out at which address (3327‑3339 N Street, NW) Mrs. Shedden's school was located at!

Did you know that today is U.S. National Typewriter Day?The vintage model that is displayed in the Peabody Room (along w...
06/23/2023

Did you know that today is U.S. National Typewriter Day?

The vintage model that is displayed in the Peabody Room (along with a candlestick telephone) is always a big hit with the Generation Alpha visitors!

Daily National Intelligencer June 10, 1823
06/10/2023

Daily National Intelligencer
June 10, 1823

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.

So, have you?
01/03/2023

So, have you?

Jerry McCoy's curatorial work and story-telling and the remarkable history of Georgetown on display, make the Peabody Room a must-visit...

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?

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Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 1pm - 7pm

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