The Washington Syndicate

Free Event: “Women Report The Civil War,” at the National Press Club, Monday, Sept. 19 @ 6:30pm

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on August 16, 2011

The National Press Club’s History and Heritage Committee cordially invites members of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. to a panel discussion.

“Women Report The Civil War,” at the National Press Club Headquarters
14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2011

Reservations are requested by September 15th  at 202-662-7501.  For further questions, contact committee member Elizabeth Smith Brownstein at

The History & Heritage Committee presents this event not only to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but also to note the fortieth anniversary of the admission of women into the National Press Club.

Four distinguished scholars and journalists will cover the topic “Women Report The Civil War” from an unusual variety of perspectives: the war coverage and careers of two of its most prominent women journalists, Jane Swisshelm and Laura Redden (a.k.a. Howard Glyndon); the contrast between the coverage of the war in women’s publications of
the period and that of the daily and weekly press; and the unique perspectives of bereaved mothers and wives on the impact of the war on their lives, as revealed in narratives supporting their petitions for pensions.

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Cultural Tourism DC’s FREE Walking/BikingTown DC this weekend; May 22 & 23

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on May 18, 2010

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This weekend Cultural Tourism DC will be holding their Spring 2010 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC which in totality includes more than 100 unique, individualized, and speciality tours of our great city.     

A full list of all the tours HERE!  

FREE tours will be offered on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon throughout the city.     

Some select examples of the walking tours are:     

Sunday, 10 am – 12 noon ; Tree Tour: Discover Massachusetts Ave. – Union Station to Congressional Cemetery, Meet at Union Station Fountain, center of Union Station traffic circle. End at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St., SE.  

Sunday, 1 – 3 pm; If This Street Could Talk” L’ Enfant’s Eighth St. SE and Tour of Marine Barracks Washington 8th and I Sts. 1801– 2010, Meet at Eastern Market Metro Plaza at the top of the escalators. End at Eighth and G Sts., NE  

Sunday, 1 – 3 pm; Boom, Bust, and Boom along the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail; Meet and end at 14th and Irving Sts., NW in front of CVS.     

Sunday, 2 – 3:30 pm; The United States Capitol Grounds – Olmsted Landscape Tour, Meet at First St. and Independence Ave., SE, outside Library of Congress, Jefferson Bldg. End at First St. and Maryland Ave., SW.  

Sunday, 3 – 5 pm; Women’s History in the Shadow of the White House, Meet at National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Ave. and 13th St., NW. End at Vietnam Veteran’s War Memorial.  

Sunday, 4 – 5:30 pm; Beyond The Lost Symbol – Considering the Mall’s Symbols, Meet at Freedom Plaza, opposite the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. End at 15th St., NW. / Fitness: Moderate  

Sunday, 5 – 7 pm; Around the U.S. Capitol, Meet outside Capitol South Metro station. End at U.S. Grant Memorial,  

Cultural Tourism will also offer a range of bike tours offered from the “Anacostia: The Ridge and the River” to “The Battle of Fort Stevens, June 1864: From Fort Reno to Fort Totten.”     

A full list of all the tours HERE!

Must See_”Discovering the Civil War” Exhibit @ National Archives until Sept. 6

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on May 10, 2010
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As our own beloved Fort City approaches the Sesquicentennial of the “War Between the States” or more commonly known as the United States Civil War, the National Archives is getting a jump-start on festivities being planned throughout the country with the recent opening of part one of its two part “Discovering the Civil War” exhibit.  

Opening on Friday, April 30, the exhibit has received mixed reviews (Wash Post here / NY Times here), but as natives we need to ensure, as time permits, we visit to prevent the exhibit from becoming the exclusive domain of the annual summer swell of occupying tourists. We have until September 6 to see this exhibit. 

One of The Syndicate’s favorite Civil War footnotes is the story of Johnny Shiloh, who became the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history at the age of 12.   

With the recent news coming out of Virginia and Mississippi sparking debate about how we publically remember the Civil War, it is critical that the Millennial generation produce our own version of Ken Burns, Shelby Foote, or John Hope Franklin so we don’t walk around numbed and dumbed up not knowing whose footsteps we are stepping in. 

Admission is free. The exhibit will be presented in two parts. The first runs April 30-Sept. 6, the second Nov. 10-April 17. National Archives hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 15-Labor Day, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., day after Labor Day-March 14.   

AP story, featuring Ken Burns, here, another Post Metro story here, YouTube preview here.

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Civil War enthusiasts & volunteers needed this Saturday at Fort Bunker Hill Park clean up in NE

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on April 6, 2010



Dream City, Divided City, Dodge City, Drama City, and Diamond City are some of the vernacular names for the city. The Syndicate recognizes the city’s claim as the Fort City.     

According to the National Park Service, “In 1860, the Union capital, Washington, D.C., was a sleepy city of approximately 62,000 residents. The city sat almost completely unprotected, with Fort Washington, the lone fortification, being 12 miles south. Virginia, a Confederate state, lay on one side of the city, and Maryland, a slave-owning state, was on the other, leaving Washington dangerously vulnerable. Realizing the potential danger the city faced, the Union army constructed additional fortifications for the city. By 1865, the Defenses of Washington included 68 forts, supported by 93 detached batteries for field guns, 20 miles of rifle pits, and covered ways, wooden blockhouses at three key points, 32 miles of military roads, several stockaded bridgeheads, and four picket stations. Along the circumference of the 37-mile circle of fortifications were emplacements for a total of 1501 field and siege guns of which 807 guns and 98 mortars were in place. The defenseless city of 1860 had become one of the most heavily fortified cities of the world.”     

One of the these forts, Fort Bunker Hill Park at 14th & Otis Street NE is in need of preservationist volunteers and city historians this Saturday, April 10th to participate in Park Day, sponsored since 1996 by the Civil War Preservation Trust.    

courtesy Fort Circle Park National Recreation Trail


Fort Bunker Hill was built in the fall of 1861 by the 11th Massachusetts Infantry and was named after the Revolutionary fortification at Bunker Hill, Massachusetts. It occupied an important position between Fort Totten and Fort Lincoln. Thirteen guns and mortars were mounted in the fort. Unfortunately, little evidence of Fort Bunker Hill is still visible. It is bounded by 14th, Otis, 13th, and Perry Streets, NE.    

Fort Bunker Hill climbs to 226 feet (68.88 meters) above sea level. Fort Bunker Hill is located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also called lat – long coordinates or GPS coordinates) of N 38.935389 and W -76.988031. 

According to the Friends of Fort Bunker Hill Park, founded in 2009 by a concerned group of neighbors who wanted to contribute to the renovation and upkeep of Fort Bunker Hill Park, ”During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps worked on the park, planting trees, construction walkways and building a picnic ground and amphitheater. The amphitheater originally had space to entertain over 400 people. The picnic ground was located in the southwest corner and had 12 picnic tables with benches for those who wished to enjoy the outdoor eating facilities. By July of 1938, the National Park Service began a series of “Thursday after-sunset recreational programs” using the amphitheater as its primary location. ”    

All able bodied and able minded men, women, and children are need and all are welcome this Saturday, April 10th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at the corner of 14th & Otis St. NE to work alongside the U.S. National Park Service, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., and members of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, Michigan Park Citizens Association, and Greater Brookland Garden Club.     

What to Bring:  Gloves, Clippers, Water     

What to Wear:   Long Sleeves, Long Pants, Closed-toe Shoes     

Weather:  This is a sunshine-only event.  In the event of rain, we will re-schedule.     

For more information, contact David Grosso, President, Friends of Fort Bunker Hill Park at (202) 207-5894 / or go to    

H/T to Brookland Avenue for great post here     

Fort Circle Park National Recreation Trail here     

Six Big Ideas about the city’s Fort Circle Parks here.

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