Holidays and Celebrations

How do I get an American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol?

How do I get an American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol?

Visiting Washington, DC FAQs     (From our “What’s the deal with…?” page that answers questions commonly asked by visitors to Washington, DC. Below, we explain how to order your flag and provide links to directories at the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. We do not sell flags, and we can not […]

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

Christmas Day, 1776

Christmas Day, 1776

On Christmas Day, 1776, George Washington led the Continental army across the Delaware River to attack the Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, 1851 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Washington’s plan was to cross the river at night, march to the nearby town of Trenton, New Jersey, and attack the […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Panto

Christmas Panto

Christmas Panto Pantomime – a Great British Tradition In the DC area: The Princess and the Sprout through December 16, 2012 The Christmas Revels through December 16, 2012 Also see this great list from TheDistrict: 2012 Holiday Events in Washington DC People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, presents a Christmas Panto every year. […]

Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden

Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden

The U.S. Botanic Garden’s annual holiday exhibit, Season’s Greenings, is on display November 22, 2012, through January 1, 2013. The Garden Railway Exhibit in the East Gallery features model trains through an Enchanted Forest with fanciful fairy dwellings along the rail line, all created with plant materials. Enjoy blooming plants throughout the Conservatory and a […]

Abraham Lincoln on Tyranny

Abraham Lincoln on Tyranny

See also Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, […]

It’s Sweater Weather!

It’s Sweater Weather!

HT Zach Weiner

I Will Survive: Dancing Auschwitz

I Will Survive: Dancing Auschwitz

On a recent trip to Europe, a family of three generations (a Holocaust survivor, his daughter and his grandchildren) dance to Gloria Gaynor’s pop song – ‘I Will Survive’ at concentration camps and memorials throughout Europe. This clip was first edited with the help of my friend Pisithpong Siraphisit who runs Compeung Art Village, Chiang […]

Martin Hayes – St. Patrick’s Day

Martin Hayes – St. Patrick’s Day

Forget the cloying confection of Celtic Woman or the puréed folk balladry of the High Kings, two Irish imports calculated to appease the pledge-drive hunger of U.S. public television stations. If you’re seeking something genuinely special in your Irish musical diet this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than the fiddling of Martin Hayes.. . […]