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Re: Elliot Carter — Interview with a D.C. Website Creator – D.C. Underground Atlas 

Glad for this! I got interested in the tunnel network While restoring the facade of a house with settlement cracking and a sinking front stoop, on N Street in Georgetown. Clients declined me seeking the cause, just wanted a cosmetic fix. Not long afterwards, DC WASA spent months digging 30 feet down at the street in front to repair a collapsed masonry drainage tunnel.

DC Writers’ Homes: Website Launch - November 29, 2018

DC Writers’ Homes: Website Launch

November 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us as we celebrate the launch of our new online database honoring the writers who have historically captured the human condition in our city and around the world through their literary works. Enjoy food, an open bar and a guided tour by creators Kim Roberts and Dan Vera of our newly designed D.C. Writers website on November 29th at the Uline Arena.

1845—Washington DC’s First Thanksgiving

1845—Washington’s First Thanksgiving

In November of 1845 Washington’s newspapers, including the National Intelligencer, and The Union, reported on Mayor William Winston Seaton’s proclamation of November 27 as a “Day of Thanksgiving,” it being the city’s first observance of the holiday. Maryland’s Governor Thomas Pratt had issued a Thanksgiving proclamation earlier in October, also setting November 27 as the day for that states’ observance.