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Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia

Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia Office of Secretary of DC is DC Archives, Ceremonial Docs, Notary Services, International Relations, The Office of the Secretary provides protocol, authentication and public records management services to the Mayor and District government agencies.

In addition to managing the District of Columbia's Archives, commissioning all District of Columbia Notaries Public, and publishing the District of Columbia Register and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, the Office of the Secretary is responsible for maintaining official records of mayoral actions and preparing executive orders, proclamations, directives and administrative issuances.

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04/17/2022

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Happy #DCEmancipationDay! #TeamOS & the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission joined Mayor Bowser for the 2022 DC...
04/16/2022

Happy #DCEmancipationDay! #TeamOS & the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission joined Mayor Bowser for the 2022 DC Emancipation Day Parade today, celebrating the 160th Anniversary of DC Emancipation Day! Thank you to our incredible Commissioners, reenactors, and everyone who came out to take part in & enjoy today’s Parade & festivities! #WeAreDC #DCProud #2022DCEmancipationDay

I had an amazing time at the 2022 #CherryBlossFestParade with Events DC & DC Youth Mayor, Addison Rose today! Many thank...
04/09/2022

I had an amazing time at the 2022 #CherryBlossFestParade with Events DC & DC Youth Mayor, Addison Rose today! Many thanks to both the National Cherry Blossom Festival & Events DC teams! #WeAreDC #RediscoverSpring 🌸🎉

Thank you, TECRO, for hosting today’s reception in honor of the NCSS Cherry Blossom Princesses! It was such a joy to cel...
04/07/2022

Thank you, TECRO, for hosting today’s reception in honor of the NCSS Cherry Blossom Princesses! It was such a joy to celebrate these wonderful young women alongside colleagues from both TECRO & the Embassy of Japan! #WeAreDC #RediscoverSpring 🌸

Thank you, Ambassador Tomita & the Japanese Embassy for hosting the Reception to Celebrate the 2022 National Cherry Blos...
04/06/2022

Thank you, Ambassador Tomita & the Japanese Embassy for hosting the Reception to Celebrate the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival last night! It was wonderful to meet DC’s 2022 Cherry Blossom Princess, as well as see my good friend & colleague, Secretary Wobensmith! #WeAreDC 🌸 🇯🇵

Tomorrow, April 7th, join us virtually at 6:30 PM for “Frederick Douglass’ Presence in the District" a presentation with...
04/06/2022
Frederick Douglass’ Presence in DC with John Muller & J.L. McNeil

Tomorrow, April 7th, join us virtually at 6:30 PM for “Frederick Douglass’ Presence in the District" a presentation with John Muller & J.L. McNeil, a continuation of the celebration of 2022 #DCEmancipationDay!

Link to join:

Mayor Bowser’s DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission presents, Frederick Douglass’ Presence in DC with John Muller & J.L. McNeil

Last night, we kicked off our 2022 DC Emancipation Day Program with an impactful virtual presentation from Historian, Dr...
04/06/2022

Last night, we kicked off our 2022 DC Emancipation Day Program with an impactful virtual presentation from Historian, Dr. C.R. Gibbs, on the important history of #DCEmancipationDay! Thank you to Dr. Gibbs, our incredible Commissioners, & all those who joined us! #WeAreDC

Dr. Christine Warnke, Chief of Protocol & International Officer had the pleasure of representing the Office of the Secre...
04/04/2022

Dr. Christine Warnke, Chief of Protocol & International Officer had the pleasure of representing the Office of the Secretary at the annual National Conference of State Societies’ Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony! Many thanks to the National Park Service, and Ambassador Tomita and the Embassy of Japan! #WeAreDC 🌸

Dr. Lopez Matthews, State Archivist & Public Records Administrator and Secretary Kimberly Bassett are at the MLK Jr. Mem...
04/01/2022

Dr. Lopez Matthews, State Archivist & Public Records Administrator and Secretary Kimberly Bassett are at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library today representing the #DCArchives on Day 2 of the 2022 DC History Conference! Visit conference.dchistory.org to learn more! 📚 #DCHistCon #WeAreDC

Today, Mayor Bowser met with Ambassador Karen Pierce, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S. 🇬🇧 It was a pleas...
03/29/2022

Today, Mayor Bowser met with Ambassador Karen Pierce, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S. 🇬🇧 It was a pleasure to discuss the great relationship, including trade and cultural exchange, Washington, DC shares with the United Kingdom! #WeAreDC 🌎

What an incredible afternoon at Oxon Run Park for the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival Pinknic & Kite Fly! Thank yo...
03/28/2022

What an incredible afternoon at Oxon Run Park for the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival Pinknic & Kite Fly! Thank you to all the amazing & talented performers & community members who came out for kite flying, face painting, & fun today! #RediscoverSpring #WeAreDC

Special thanks to the Friends of Oxon Run, Chase, DC Department of Parks & Rec, DC Fire & EMS, and DC Water for their help in making today’s festivities such a success! 🌸

Last night, I had the honor of joining DDOT Director Everett Lott & Diana Mayhew of the National Cherry Blossom Festival...
03/22/2022

Last night, I had the honor of joining DDOT Director Everett Lott & Diana Mayhew of the National Cherry Blossom Festival for the lighting of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in #PINK, in celebration of the 2022 #CherryBlossomFestival! Visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org to stay up-to-date on all #NCBF festivities! #RediscoverSpring 🌸

Spring is finally here & the 2022 Cherry Blossom Festival has begun! It was an honor to join Mayor Bowser, Ambassador To...
03/22/2022

Spring is finally here & the 2022 Cherry Blossom Festival has begun! It was an honor to join Mayor Bowser, Ambassador Tomita, Secretary Haaland, Events DC & Amazon for the #CherryBlossomFestival #OpeningCeremony! #RediscoverSpring 🌸 #WeAreDC

I am excited to join the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Director Everett Lott of the DC Department of Transportati...
03/21/2022

I am excited to join the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Director Everett Lott of the DC Department of Transportation at 7:30 PM to light up the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in #PINK, in celebration of the beginning of #2022CherryBlossomFestival!🌸#RediscoverSpring #WeAreDC

The #NewFDMB is turning pink in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival! 🌉 🌸 Join the District Department of Transportation this evening from your favorite #VantagePoint to witness the lighting for this special occasion.

#FDMBVantagePoint #Progress #FDMBArches #cherryblossomseason

#TeamOS had an amazing time at Mayor Bowser’s #HERStory5K this morning! To all the incredible women who came out to run,...
03/19/2022

#TeamOS had an amazing time at Mayor Bowser’s #HERStory5K this morning! To all the incredible women who came out to run, walk & take part in today’s festivities, you make us #DCProud! Special thanks to My Fit DC, DC Department of Parks and Recreation & the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives! #WomensHistoryMonth

What an inspiring way to end #InternationalWomensDay, celebrating women artists & leaders from all over the world at the...
03/10/2022

What an inspiring way to end #InternationalWomensDay, celebrating women artists & leaders from all over the world at the Female Empowerment Exhibit at Hotel Zena! Congratulations to artist Ramona Pintea, for her incredible work of empowering women through art! 🎨💜 #WeAreDC

Today, on #InternationalWomensDay we are honored to highlight the women leaders of the DC diplomatic community! Of the m...
03/09/2022

Today, on #InternationalWomensDay we are honored to highlight the women leaders of the DC diplomatic community! Of the more than 175 embassies located here in Washington, DC, 40 are led by women ambassadors, representing countries from all over the world! 🌎 #IWD2022

I am honored to call so many passionate, resilient, and hard-working women leaders my colleagues! Thank you to the Mayor...
03/09/2022

I am honored to call so many passionate, resilient, and hard-working women leaders my colleagues! Thank you to the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Policy and Initiatives or inviting me to be a part of the #InternationalWomensDay Conversations With Women Who Lead in Infrastructure event at the National Building Museum today! 💜 #WeAreDC

Thank you, Sister Cities International for hosting an inspiring panel discussion on #InternationalWomensDay, bringing to...
03/08/2022

Thank you, Sister Cities International for hosting an inspiring panel discussion on #InternationalWomensDay, bringing together women leaders from across the globe, including Mayor Sackey of Accra, Mayor Johnson of Mandela Bay, Mayor Gorton of Lexington & Mayor Caballero of Tijuana! 🌎

On behalf of the Office of the Secretary, happy #InternationalWomensDay! Join us today as we celebrate amazing women lea...
03/08/2022

On behalf of the Office of the Secretary, happy #InternationalWomensDay! Join us today as we celebrate amazing women leaders here in Washington, DC and all around the world! 💜🌎 #IWD2022 #WeAreDC

Thank you, Meridian International Center for a wonderful #WelcomeToWashington reception. It was a pleasure to greet Chie...
03/04/2022

Thank you, Meridian International Center for a wonderful #WelcomeToWashington reception. It was a pleasure to greet Chief of Protocol Ambassador Rufus Gifford, Reta Jo Lewis, President of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Ambassador Zappia of Italy, & many more esteemed attendees! #WeAreDC

March is #WomensHistoryMonth ! Follow the Office of the Secretary throughout the month as we highlight & honor the incre...
03/03/2022

March is #WomensHistoryMonth ! Follow the Office of the Secretary throughout the month as we highlight & honor the incredible women of both past & present, here in Washington, DC and around the world 🌎, featuring the historical holdings of the #DCArchives & more! #WeAreDC 💜

Today’s 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival Press Conference has us setting our sights on Spring! It was a pleasure to...
03/01/2022

Today’s 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival Press Conference has us setting our sights on Spring! It was a pleasure to join Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Brooke Pinto, Chinyere Hubbard of EventsDC, National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Jeff Reinbold, and Counsellor Ryo Kuroishi of the Embassy of Japan as we look forward to March 20th! #DCIsOpen, and we are so excited to #RediscoverSpring!

Special thanks to Diana Mayhew, and the entire #NCBFTeam for their hard work year round to bring the annual Cherry Blossom Festival to life! The 2022 Festival dates are March 20th - April 17th! Visit https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org to learn more. #WeAreDC

Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, moved to Washington, DC with his wife, Anna Murray, in ...
02/28/2022

Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, moved to Washington, DC with his wife, Anna Murray, in 1871. During his 25 years of residence in DC, Douglass was appointed U.S. Marshal by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. #BlackHistoryDC #BlackHistoryMonth

In 1881, Douglass was appointed by President James Garfield to the position of District of Columbia Recorder of Deeds and received approval from the U.S. Senate, making him the first African American to hold the position.

Frederick Douglass passed away on February 20, 1895, at the age of 78. Douglass’ Will, a five-page long document, held at the #DCArchives, was filed in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (now the Superior Court of the District of Columbia) on March 29th, 1895.

In September 2021, Washington, DC celebrated the opening of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, the largest infrastructure project in the history of Washington, DC, honoring the life and legacy of the famous Washingtonian.

The DC Jail Slave Journal, a register of enslaved persons committed to the DC Jail from 1848 to 1862, is a valuable piec...
02/25/2022

The DC Jail Slave Journal, a register of enslaved persons committed to the DC Jail from 1848 to 1862, is a valuable piece of Washington, DC’s history, and is currently held at the #DCArchives. #BlackHistoryDC #BlackHistoryMonth

So excited!! 🌸🌸 #proudboardmember
02/22/2022

So excited!! 🌸🌸 #proudboardmember

Blanche Kelso Bruce was elected to the United States Senate in 1875 and served until 1881. Although he was the second Af...
02/19/2022

Blanche Kelso Bruce was elected to the United States Senate in 1875 and served until 1881. Although he was the second African American Senator, after fellow Mississippian Hiram Rhodes Revels, he was the first African American Senator to serve a full term. #BlackHistoryDC #BlackHistoryMonth

Blanche Bruce was born into slavery in Prince Edward Country, Virginia, escaping during the Civil War and later attending Oberlin College. As Senator, he was an advocate for the rights of African Americans, and introduced a bill to desegregate the U.S. Army.

Senator Bruce and his wife, Josephine Beall Willson Bruce, lived at 909 M Street NW, Washington, DC from 1880 – 1885. Their residence has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the DC Inventory of Historic Sites since 1975.

After serving as U.S. Senator for the state of Mississippi, Bruce served as the DC Recorder of Deeds from 1890 to 1893 and as a member of the Board of Trustees for DC Public Schools from 1892 to 1895. Today, Senator Bruce’s Death Certificate can be found at the #DCArchives.

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Today we celebrated Mayor Bowser’s 23rd Annual Senior Holiday Celebration at the Convention Center! It was a highlight of 2021 to see so many Senior Washingtonians, and celebrate the holidays together safely! Thank you Director Newland & the DC Department of Aging and Community Living for all you do! #WeAreDC
It was an honor to join the DC Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Bowser this morning for the 2021 Annual Meeting and Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast. After nearly two years, it was such a pleasure to see many of Washington DC’s amazing leaders in person! Congratulations to Angela Franco, CEO and Dr. Carolyn Rudd, Chair! #WeAreDC
Thank you, Ambassador Etienne, for inviting me to join in celebrating the launch of Villa Albertine in DC! Congratulations to artist, Céline Tricart, who will be completing her Washington, DC residency at the National Gallery of Art, using virtual reality to further connect with art! #WeAreDC
Yesterday, I had the honor of joining Her Excellency, Dr. Elise S. Kanza, Ambassador of Tanzania to the United States for the celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Tanzania! #WeAreDC 🇹🇿 🌎
What a beautiful evening at #UnionStation! Last night I had the honor of joining HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Ambassador Krutnes of Norway, and The Washington Performing Arts for the 25th Annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting! 🎄 #WeAreDC 🇳🇴 #UnionStationHoliday
It was an honor to attend the celebration of the National Day of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a pleasure to meet His Excellency, Shaikh Abdulla Bin Rashed Al Khalifa, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States! #WeAreDC 🇧🇭🌎
It was my honor to join Sister Cities International at the Embassy of Ghana yesterday evening to welcome Her Excellency, Ambassador Hajia Alima Mahama, and celebrate our Sister City Agreement with Accra, Ghana, signed in 2006! Ambassador, welcome to our world-class city! #WeAreDC 🇬🇭
Today, October 24th, is the 5th #InternationalDiplomatsDay! The first International Diplomats Day was celebrated in Brasília, Brazil in 2017. Last year, this commemorative day was celebrated globally. Washington, DC is home to more than 175 embassies and diplomatic missions. Today and everyday we are thankful for the contributions of the DC diplomatic community, as well as diplomats around the world who work to build partnerships, create lasting friendships and bonds, and maintain peace. Happy #InternationalDiplomatsDay from the Office of the Secretary! #WeAreDC 🌎🤝
It was an important day at Audi Field! We joined Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Policy & Initiatives for #DCPinkHealthFest in honor of #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth! Washingtonians were able to visit Audi Field from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm today to receive a mammogram with Breast Care for Washington DC & check out partnering vendors! #WeAreDC 🎀💗
Thank you, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, for inviting me to join the Embassy of Ireland yesterday evening on the occasion of Foreign Minister Simon Coveney’s visit to Washington, DC. Minister Coveney, it was a pleasure to meet you! #WeAreDC 🇮🇪
Yesterday, Mayor Bowser met with Ambassador Fitsum, the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the U.S. 🇪🇹 Washington, DC has shared a Sister City Agreement with Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, since 2013! #WeAreDC
Today, Deputy Secretary Alma Candelaria and #TeamOS’ newest member, Terry Handy, Director of Ceremonial Services attended the first day of Mayor Bowser’s 4th Annual National Maternal & Infant Health Summit! #WeAreDC #DCValues