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Mardi Gras at Georgetown

Mardi Gras at Georgetown: Letting the Good Times Roll in 1876

Students have been celebrating Mardi Gras at Georgetown for well over 100 years.
Color Our Collections

Color Our Collections

Imagine yourself in a scriptorium inside a European monastery, guided by only candlelight, working side by side with other scribes and artists.
Weyl's View of Georgetown

Weyl's View of Georgetown

Max Weyl, a landscape painter of views in and around Washington, D.C., was born in southern Germany and came to Washington via Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1861.
Washington Irving: Diplomat

Washington Irving: Diplomat

In addition to being a prolific author, Washington Irving (1783-1859) had a distinguished career as a U. S. diplomat. We have his letter book from his time as U.S. Minister to Spain.
"...Useful In Any Way"

"...Useful In Any Way"

In the 19th century it was not uncommon for the U.S. President to attend the Georgetown College commencement—not to speak, but to hand out diplomas and prizes to students.

John Glenn Visits Georgetown

John Glenn Visits Georgetown

On January 11, 1963, barely a year after his historic orbit of Earth, John Glenn spent a day at Georgetown University.
Danny Lyon and the Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Danny Lyon and The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

American photographer Danny Lyon (1942­—) captured images of structures that were going to be destroyed to make space for expansion in Lower Manhattan in 1967.
Thanksgiving Football Game 1894

Georgetown's Thanksgiving Football Game, 1894

Georgetown traditionally played a football game on Thanksgiving Day. In 1894, the opponent was the Columbia Athletic Club (C.A.C.).
Nocturnal Cathedral

Nocturnal Cathedral

November 4 is the birthday of artist Eugene Berman (American, born Russia, 1899 – 1972).
Planning the Panama Railroad

Planning the Panama Railroad

Before the Panama Canal, there was a Panama Railroad.
One Person's Waste...

One Person's Waste is Another Person's Treasure!!

Bookbinders often used “waste” material from broken books or discarded sheets to help make new ones.