Latest from John Kelly

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

The grim history of the word ‘shot,’ which has its roots in morphine addiction

A Maryland word sleuth was curious why we call a vaccination a “shot.”
  • Feb 15, 2021

If the robin is a bird of spring, why do many of them strut their stuff in winter?

The American robin may be common, but it has some interesting behavior.
  • Feb 14, 2021

Memories of D.C.’s streetcars keep rolling in

There was a trolley to Great Falls, Md., just not the one that went to Glen Echo.
  • Feb 13, 2021