Latest from John Kelly

In Leonardtown, Md., final recognition for a ‘witch’ who died 300 years ago

The legend of Moll Dyer — and her curse — has been passed down for generations.
  • Mar 1, 2021

Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you took the path not taken?

What might have been: I still think about a mysterious letter from years ago.
  • Feb 28, 2021

In the numbers game of the 1950s, one man was on top: ‘Whitetop’ Simkins

Thousands across D.C. played the illegal lottery. Simkins bribed the cops to keep it going.
  • Feb 27, 2021

The beat goes on. And on. Readers sing the praises of the humble eggbeater.

Take their hand-cranked rotary beater? You’ll have to pry it from their cold, dead hands.
  • Feb 24, 2021

The Great Migration becomes a great subject for District high school students

A class called “Real World History” pairs students with seniors for oral histories.
  • Feb 23, 2021

A clean water group wants us to give the cold shoulder to excessive road salt

It melts ice and snow, but sodium chloride is bad for plants and animals.
  • Feb 22, 2021

The beat goes on, but without the classic, hand-cranked eggbeater

What happened to that gadget? Every kitchen had one.
  • Feb 21, 2021

He drove a truck in World War II, but he wasn’t allowed to drive a streetcar in D.C.

In 1956, Howard Stokes finally became one of the city’s first Black streetcar operators.
  • Feb 20, 2021

Photographers’ epic quest: Take a photo of every single building on 16th Street NW

It took nearly nine years, but the project is complete — and part of the DC History Center.
  • Feb 17, 2021

Two documentaries 50 years apart look at Bowie, Md., through competing lenses

A 1965 West German film was the catalyst for a new documentary about the planned town.
  • Feb 16, 2021