Latest from Michael E. Ruane
Lincoln’s mail included advice, warnings, pleas, and death sentences. Thousands of the transcriptions are now on line, as Library of Congress concludes its massive “Letters to Lincoln” project.
  • Aug 10, 2020
Bound for destiny and Hiroshima, the Enola Gay carried 12 men, hope, and the power for epic destruction. The silver airplane, named for the pilot’s mother, barely got off the ground that morning with the world’s first atomic bomb.
  • Aug 5, 2020
After a decade’s absence, a new canal boat is taking shape for Georgetown’s hallowed waterway. For the C&O canal, the new boat, pulled by mules, is being built in Maryland.
  • Jul 31, 2020
Closed four months by the coronavirus, the D.C. landmark cautiously comes back.
  • Jul 24, 2020
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, welcomed visitors back to the National Zoo on July 24.
  • Jul 24, 2020
A 240-year-old tree at Mount Vernon that fell last November gets cannon fire and solemn honors before facing the sawmill.
  • Jul 24, 2020
Edwin C. Roessler Jr. was scratched at Grace Covenant Church, where he is a member. Two others were stabbed.
  • Jul 18, 2020
Newly digitized payroll receipts at the National Archives show that the enslaved were forced to tend mounds of excrement to extract saltpeter for gunpowder, aiding the Confederate fight to keep them in bondage.
  • Jul 9, 2020
Many fireworks companies have been slammed by cancellations as the holiday approaches
  • Jul 1, 2020
The festivities will include flyovers and fireworks.
  • Jul 1, 2020