Audit Shows Records At National Archives At Risk

An audit prompted in part by the loss of the Wright Brothers’ original patent and maps for atomic bomb missions in Japan finds some of the nation’s prized historical documents are in danger of being lost for good.
Nearly 80 percent of U.S. government agencies are at risk of illegally destroying public records and the National [...]

Abraham Lincoln Presidential $1 Coin Goes Into Circulation November 18

Presidential $1 Coins bearing the image of one of our Nation’s most admired leaders will enter into circulation on November 18.
In honor of the release of the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential $1 Coin, the United States Mint invites the public to a launch ceremony on November 19, to be held at President Lincoln’s Cottage on [...]

McDonnell’s laudable lead on Confederate past

Gov. Bob McDonnell deserves applause for fully confessing past error and scrapping Confederate History Month in Virginia. Now the question is whether the rest of the state Republican Party will follow his admirable lead in explicitly repudiating the secessionists’ long-ago fight to defend slavery.

So far, the answer is mixed. State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli won’t [...]

Faces of the Civil War, staring out across the decades

A Virginia collector has donated to the Library of Congress the largest trove of Civil War-era photographs depicting average soldiers that the institution has received in at least 50 years, officials said last week.

The stunning photographs – small, elegant ambrotypes and tintypes – show hundreds of the young men who fought and died in the [...]

Lincoln’s forgotten fort

We went sledding there and played hide and seek, rolled Easter eggs and stole our first kisses. We could be dragged away only when we heard our mom’s vibrant whistle, signaling dinner.
When we were little, Fort Stevens was just a cool playground, with dry moats and tall mounds and a couple of cannons, located across [...]

African American Civil War Museum Poised to Move to Grimke Building

A ground-breaking ceremony to mark the relocation of a preeminent museum that commemorates the lives of African-Americans during the Civil War era to a permanent residency took place on Wed., Sept. 1, at the site of a famous statute that honors Black veterans who fought in the War Between the States.
The African American Civil War [...]

African American Civil War Museum Honors OB Civil War Vet David Carll

The African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. is preparing to close its doors at its current location and presented its last civil war soldier – David Carll of Oyster Bay, on Aug. 7, 2010.
The presentation was made by Frank Carl of New York, NY and Gilbert McDonald of Odenton, MD., the descendants of [...]

National Park Service and Ford’s Theatre Society Announce Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site to Close for Routine Maintenance September 15 and 16, 2010

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) announce Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (NHS) comprising the Theatre, Museum, and the Petersen House (the house where President Abraham Lincoln died) will close to the public for routine maintenance.
The Museum will close on September 15 and reopen to the public on September 16.  [...]

Civil War hospital lives again

D.C.’s original Old Naval Hospital, which never had a patient before the Civil War’s ending day at Appomattox and which went through several iterations thereafter, is set to reopen soon with a new vision for the future as a community center in Southeast Washington. In fact, it may be a restoration and renovation that gives [...]


History on Foot Walking Tours and One Destiny” Performances Scheduled
Washington, D.C.—The Ford’s Theatre Society announced that its programming schedule for fall 2010 will include daytime performances of the one-act play ”One Destiny” by Richard Hellesen (October 12-30, 2010) and a continuation of the popular History on Foot walking tours, “Investigation: Detective McDevitt” and “A Free [...]