Past / Present: History’s lives
Vignettes from the forgotten corners of history
Here are stories that may not have made the textbooks, offbeat tales of people and events, fragments and glimpses of surprising lives. The past is an alien place, filled with strange and fascinating customs. But its citizens were human. “I am with you,” the poet Walt Whitman wrote in the 1850s. Whitman felt there was no gap between past and present. This series, with the help of Washington’s world class historical repositories, aims to see if Whitman was right.