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 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.

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Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of George Peabody, the "Father of Modern Philanthropy."  Mr. Peabody, a nati...
11/04/2021

Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of George Peabody, the "Father of Modern Philanthropy." Mr. Peabody, a native of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "...commenced business for himself in early youth" here in Georgetown when he was seventeen years old.

To learn more about Mr. Peabody and his connection to the DC Public library, click on https://www.dclibrary.org/node/726. For the British perspective (he died in London where he is greatly revered), go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG8ZjHL-sWY.

Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of George Peabody, the "Father of Modern Philanthropy." Mr. Peabody, a native of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "...commenced business for himself in early youth" here in Georgetown when he was seventeen years old.

To learn more about Mr. Peabody and his connection to the DC Public library, click on https://www.dclibrary.org/node/726. For the British perspective (he died in London where he is greatly revered), go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG8ZjHL-sWY.

Happy Halloween from the Peabody Room!
10/31/2021

Happy Halloween from the Peabody Room!

Happy Halloween from the Peabody Room!

The Sunday StarOctober 23, 1921
10/23/2021

The Sunday Star
October 23, 1921

The Sunday Star
October 23, 1921

On October 21, 1812, this advertisement appeared in the “Georgetown Courier" newspaper having been placed by 17-year-old...
10/21/2021

On October 21, 1812, this advertisement appeared in the “Georgetown Courier" newspaper having been placed by 17-year-old George Peabody. The dry goods store was located on Bridge Street (M Street) near the intersection of High Street (Wisconsin Avenue).

On October 21, 1812, this advertisement appeared in the “Georgetown Courier" newspaper having been placed by 17-year-old George Peabody. The dry goods store was located on Bridge Street (M Street) near the intersection of High Street (Wisconsin Avenue).

The Georgetown CourierOctober 14, 1871
10/14/2021

The Georgetown Courier
October 14, 1871

The Georgetown Courier
October 14, 1871

The Georgetown CourierOctober 7, 1871Dr. Benjamin S. Bohrer passed away in 1862 and is buried in Georgetown's The Oak Hi...
10/07/2021

The Georgetown Courier
October 7, 1871

Dr. Benjamin S. Bohrer passed away in 1862 and is buried in Georgetown's The Oak Hill Cemetery of Washington, DC. The Wheatley Brothers constructed three row houses on the lot occupied by Dr. Bohrer's house and today numbered 3107-09-11 N Street (originally Gay Street with 31st originally named Congress).

Perhaps the bricks from the demolished house were indeed incorporated into the new structures.

The Georgetown Courier
October 7, 1871

Dr. Benjamin S. Bohrer passed away in 1862 and is buried in Georgetown's The Oak Hill Cemetery of Washington, DC. The Wheatley Brothers constructed three row houses on the lot occupied by Dr. Bohrer's house and today numbered 3107-09-11 N Street (originally Gay Street with 31st originally named Congress).

Perhaps the bricks from the demolished house were indeed incorporated into the new structures.

Not applicable in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
10/04/2021

Not applicable in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Not applicable in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

The Sunday StarOctober 2, 1921Located at 3101 M Street, NW.
10/02/2021

The Sunday Star
October 2, 1921

Located at 3101 M Street, NW.

The Sunday Star
October 2, 1921

Located at 3101 M Street, NW.

The Sunday StarOctober 2, 1921
10/02/2021

The Sunday Star
October 2, 1921

The Sunday Star
October 2, 1921

The Georgetown CourierSeptember 30, 1871
09/30/2021

The Georgetown Courier
September 30, 1871

The Georgetown Courier
September 30, 1871

The Georgetown CourierSeptember 23, 1871
09/23/2021

The Georgetown Courier
September 23, 1871

The Evening Star September 22, 1921
09/22/2021

The Evening Star
September 22, 1921

The Evening Star
September 22, 1921

The Georgetown CourierSeptember 16, 1871Water Street is today's K Street.Bridge Street = M Street (east of Wisconsin Ave...
09/16/2021

The Georgetown Courier
September 16, 1871

Water Street is today's K Street.
Bridge Street = M Street (east of Wisconsin Avenue)
High Street = Wisconsin Avenue
West Street = P Street east of Wisconsin Avenue
First Street = N Street west of Wisconsin Avenue
Fayette Street = 35th Street
Second Street = O Street west of Wisconsin Avenue
Third Street = P Street west of Wisconsin Avenue

The Georgetown Courier
September 16, 1871

Water Street is today's K Street.
Bridge Street = M Street (east of Wisconsin Avenue)
High Street = Wisconsin Avenue
West Street = P Street east of Wisconsin Avenue
First Street = N Street west of Wisconsin Avenue
Fayette Street = 35th Street
Second Street = O Street west of Wisconsin Avenue
Third Street = P Street west of Wisconsin Avenue

Today is the 207th anniversary of the penning by Georgetown resident Francis Scott Key of the poem "The Defence of Fort ...
09/14/2021

Today is the 207th anniversary of the penning by Georgetown resident Francis Scott Key of the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry," better known as "The Star Spangled Banner." In 1907 the Francis Scott Key Memorial Foundation was established to preserve his house at 3516 M Street, NW.

The following year certificates like this one, designed by Charles H. Weisgerber, promoter of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, were given to donors who supported preservation of the house. Public interest was lax and within three years the foundation abandoned its efforts.

By 1947 the house, or what was left of it, was demolished. The Peabody Room has voluminous materials related to the sorry history of this loss of the most important structure in Georgetown's history.

Today is the 207th anniversary of the penning by Georgetown resident Francis Scott Key of the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry," better known as "The Star Spangled Banner." In 1907 the Francis Scott Key Memorial Foundation was established to preserve his house at 3516 M Street, NW.

The following year certificates like this one, designed by Charles H. Weisgerber, promoter of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, were given to donors who supported preservation of the house. Public interest was lax and within three years the foundation abandoned its efforts.

By 1947 the house, or what was left of it, was demolished. The Peabody Room has voluminous materials related to the sorry history of this loss of the most important structure in Georgetown's history.

Georgetown CourierSeptember 9, 1871The Oldest Inhabitants' Association was in its seventh year of operation in 1871 and ...
09/09/2021

Georgetown Courier
September 9, 1871

The Oldest Inhabitants' Association was in its seventh year of operation in 1871 and is still in business! Learn more at https://www.aoidc.org/home.html.

Happy 150th Birthday Grace Street NW!Georgetown CourierAugust 26, 1871Dog Tag BakeryGrace Street CoffeeChaiaSouth Block
08/26/2021

Happy 150th Birthday Grace Street NW!

Georgetown Courier
August 26, 1871

Dog Tag Bakery
Grace Street Coffee
Chaia
South Block

Happy 150th Birthday Grace Street NW!

Georgetown Courier
August 26, 1871

Dog Tag Bakery
Grace Street Coffee
Chaia
South Block

One hundred and five summers ago on August 26, 1916, these folks were having a great time aboard the "Bartholdi" on the ...
08/26/2021

One hundred and five summers ago on August 26, 1916, these folks were having a great time aboard the "Bartholdi" on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Real-photo postcard photographed by Willard R. Ross (1860-1948) from the Wesley Ponder Collection, People’s Archive, DC Public Library. To see other postcard images that Mr. Ross photographed, visit https://digdc.dclibrary.org/islandora/object/dcplislandora%3Aross.

One hundred and five summers ago on August 26, 1916, these folks were having a great time aboard the "Bartholdi" on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Real-photo postcard photographed by Willard R. Ross (1860-1948) from the Wesley Ponder Collection, People’s Archive, DC Public Library. To see other postcard images that Mr. Ross photographed, visit https://digdc.dclibrary.org/islandora/object/dcplislandora%3Aross.

The Sunday Star August 21, 1921"A remarkably clear view of the new Key bride, being constructed over the Potomac at Geor...
08/21/2021

The Sunday Star
August 21, 1921

"A remarkably clear view of the new Key bride, being constructed over the Potomac at Georgetown, with Georgetown University at upper right. The picture was taken from the air by the Bolling Filed photographic section of the Army air service."

I was fortunate to have Mr. Trask show me around his incredible archive, located in the Peabody Institute Library (Danve...
08/19/2021
Town archivist Richard Trask honored to have his name attached to Danvers Archival Center

I was fortunate to have Mr. Trask show me around his incredible archive, located in the Peabody Institute Library (Danvers, MA), during my 2018 George Peabody in Massachusetts tour.

The highlight was when he took me into the vault and showed me some of the original documents from the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-93!

The Danvers Archival Center located at Peabody Institute Library will be named in honor of Richard Trask, the town's longtime archivist.

August 13, 2021 is the 117th anniversary of the greatest number of drowning deaths in a single incident on the Potomac R...
08/13/2021

August 13, 2021 is the 117th anniversary of the greatest number of drowning deaths in a single incident on the Potomac River bordering Washington, DC.

During the course of processing the Peabody Room's Potomac Boat Club Photograph Collection for placement on the DC Public Library's Dig DC web site, I came across a small album containing sixteen real-photo postcards (postcards whose images were printed on photographic paper). The PBC was established in Georgetown in 1869 and these images were taken on August 13-14, 1904, during the club's 13th annual regatta.

The album starts out with a couple of views of the original 1870 boathouse that was then located at the foot of today's Wisconsin Avenue. Hundreds of people are standing in front of, on the sides, and on the various levels of the shingled structure viewing the various competitive matches. Flipping through the albums are individual images of crews out on the river; eight oared shell crew, four oared gig, singles, etc.

But then one arrives at the last two postcards mounted in the album and identified in a flowing cursive script, "Recovering body of a Woman." Thinking how tragic it was that this woman lost her life during such a joyous event, I decided to access DCPL's newspaper databases to at least discover her name to add to the image's metadata. I quickly found the coverage of the drowning and it was far worse than the death of one person.

A total of ten people drowned that morning in plain view of hundreds of witnesses located mere yards away on the shore or in vessels. The deceased had been on board a naphtha launch named "Recreation," a 25 ft. long, gasoline powered pleasure craft. The vessel had approached the shore near the foot of 33rd Street to take on four female passengers.

The boat drifted into the wake of a mill race (the black opening in the stone wall that appears in the middle of the image). This outlet dispelled great amounts of water taken in from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to operate turbines located at the G. W. Cissel flour mill. The force of the water frightened some of the woman who immediately moved to the opposite side of the launch and caused it to flip or "turn turtle" as the press described it.

The weight of the launch's engine caused the vessel to sink, entrapping the fourteen who were aboard who became entangled in the canvas canopy that covered the vessel. Those who made it to the surface were pulled back down by the undertow caused by the water discharging from mill race.

The site of the tragedy is near Georgetown Waterfront Park's labyrinth feature. Peer over the railing to see where the mill race outlet had been located (it was removed during the creation of this section of the park 2006-2008). There is no signage memorializing the ten individuals who lost there lives at this spot.

Here is a list of those who died:

Blumer, Dr. Charles Henry, 30, druggist, 1 R Street NE

Booze, Andrew B., 35, salesman for the firm Middlekauff & Bros., hatters, Baltimore, 513 L Street NW (also identified as A. J. Boose)

Coates, J. Herbert, 35, tailor, McKeesport, PA

Dreyfus, Mrs. Lulu, wife of Joseph, 30th & M Street NW *

Hizer, Miss Helen, 18, 3160 O Street NW

Moore, Miss Helen, 16, 1504 33rd Street NW

Smith, J. George, 39, 1512 Grant Street NW

Smith, William H., 31, Navy Yard, 740 9th Street NW

Waldman, John Jr., 20

Zelbach, Miss Bertha, 504 K Street NW (also spelled Selback and Selbach) *

* Sisters

To view the other postcards in this album, visit https://digdc.dclibrary.org/islandora/search?type=dismax&f%5B0%5D=mods_subject_topic_ms%3APhotographic%5C%20postcards.

The Georgetown Courier August 12, 1871The Rock Creek Bridge crossed at today's P Street Bridge.
08/12/2021

The Georgetown Courier
August 12, 1871

The Rock Creek Bridge crossed at today's P Street Bridge.

The Georgetown Courier
August 12, 1871

The Rock Creek Bridge crossed at today's P Street Bridge.

The Evening StarAugust 9, 1921(Still searching for a photo of that public comfort station at Wisconsin and M!)
08/09/2021

The Evening Star
August 9, 1921

(Still searching for a photo of that public comfort station at Wisconsin and M!)

The Evening Star
August 9, 1921

(Still searching for a photo of that public comfort station at Wisconsin and M!)

Happy #NationalBookLoversDay.This is Norman Rockwell's illustration for the August 14, 1926 cover of The Saturday Evenin...
08/09/2021

Happy #NationalBookLoversDay.

This is Norman Rockwell's illustration for the August 14, 1926 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

What is your favorite old or new book that you own? Post a photo of its cover in the comments!

Happy #NationalBookLoversDay.

This is Norman Rockwell's illustration for the August 14, 1926 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

What is your favorite old or new book that you own? Post a photo of its cover in the comments!

The Sunday StarAugust 7, 1921
08/07/2021

The Sunday Star
August 7, 1921

Debut of the first (of 20) Georgetown African American Historic Landmark trail plaques on August 4, 2021 at 3324 Dent Pl...
08/05/2021

Debut of the first (of 20) Georgetown African American Historic Landmark trail plaques on August 4, 2021 at 3324 Dent Place, NW.

Georgetown CourierAugust 5, 1871
08/05/2021

Georgetown Courier
August 5, 1871

The Georgetown CourierJune 24, 1871
06/24/2021

The Georgetown Courier
June 24, 1871

The Georgetown Courier
June 24, 1871

The Georgetown CourierJune 17, 1871
06/17/2021

The Georgetown Courier
June 17, 1871

The Georgetown Courier
June 17, 1871

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3260 R St NW, 3RD FLOOR
Washington D.C., DC
20007

Metrobus Routes 31, 31, or 36 The D.C. Circulator stops at R St. and Wisconsin, just across the street from the library. Check out Circulator times and stops here: http://www.dccirculator.com/ .

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Also open SECOND & FOURTH Saturday of each month! 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Jerry A. McCoy Special Collections Librarian Peabody Room (202) 727-0233

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Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 7pm

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Ad from Georgetown College Journal Review Vol. 26, 1897
Valentine's Day - 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.
Until we developed and patented refrigerated and frozen pies for individual and retail purchase in the 1920's all of our pies were sold wholesale to markets, groceries, and under contract to the military and government! This check was for the purchase of (over 300) Pies from the United States Marines Headquarters before (a member of our board Dr. Robinson donated the land) the base at Quantico was established.
Here's what's going on this month at the Georgetown Public Library and Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library.
Remembering Mr. Peabody here at the Peabody Room - Georgetown Neighborhood Library!