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Dunbar High School's Classic Age 1870-1957

Documentary Screening

Local film producer Marvin T. Jones will screen his documentary "Dunbar High School's Classic Age: 1870-1957", telling the story of the first public high school for African-Americans in Washington, D.C.  Named for the poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the school was noted for its outstanding education and the success of its alumni. Famous Dunbar graduates include General Benjamin Davis, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Charles Hamilton Houston. After the film, Mr. Jones will lead a discussion about the legacy of Dunbar High School.

city of light city of poison

Sepia-toned Scandal

Infamy is Timeless

Are the news cycles causing intrigue fatigue? It may be a little (cold) comfort to know that constant tumult is not unique to our time. In fact, the outrageous and the shocking have always peppered human history. Plus, reading disreputable stories about long-dead people can be more palatable than continually processing the 24-hour news cycle. Some titles for those with an interest in the bad old days.

Fort Davis Community Map

Fort Davis Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt

Explore Your Neighborhood to Win Summer Reading Prizes!

Explore your neighborhood AND win Summer Reading prizes this July when you stop by the Francis A. Gregory Library to participate in the Fort Davis Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt!

United States National Park Service

National Park Week

April 15 to 23, 2017

Did you know: National Park Week is April 15 to 23, 2017! Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go. Here are some highlights during National Park Week:  

Potomac River cover

Outdoors Mid-Atlantic

Enjoy exploring the outdoors in the mid-Atlantic region!  Whether you go by foot, bike, canoe, or car, you'll have lots of fun and see fantastic views. The featured books below are available from the library system.

Adams Vs. Jefferson cover

Know Your Inaugurals

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Some of the most stirring presidential quotes in this country's 240-year history come from inaugural addresses. Our library has some great books that are just devoted to the speeches and the events that surrounded them. Check one out and relive some of the best speeches in American history.   All I'm saying is that the next president has a lot to live up to come January 20.  

Podcast: The History and Politics of Gentrification in Mt. Pleasant

Know Your Neighborhood Podcast Now Streaming

The History and Politics of Gentrification in Mt. Pleasant - Podcast now streaming!

Washington Blade first issue, October 1969

The Washington Blade issues 1969-1982 now online

Digitization partnership with historic gay newspaper goes live

Digitized issues from the first decade and a half of The Washington Blade newspaper are now online in Dig DC, DC Public Library Special Collections' home for digitized materials. The collection contains digitized editions of the newspaper from 1969 to 1982 and is presented in partnership with The Blade.

Gibbs

"The Crisis in Black Education"

Black History Month Lecture Series with C. R. Gibbs

C. R. Gibbs, author and researcher will give a series of two lectures at four DC Public Library's during Black History Month in February 2017. His topics will focus on the theme of "The Crisis in Black Education"  and what historical impact it has had on Washington DC and beyond.

Alice, Dorothy, Euince, and Helen Shaed

The Shaed Sisters of Washington, D.C.

Elementary School Educators

The Shaeds were a prominent family of educators and professionals in Washington, D.C. Gregory and Cenos Shaed moved from Florida to Washington, D.C. after their marriage in 1900, where Mr. Shaed became a printer with the Government Printing Office.

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