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Mr. Manners

At George Washington’s request, Alexander Hamilton offers the newly elected president advice on proper etiquette in a letter dated May 5, 1789.

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman's illustration of 1912 presidential candidates

1912 Presidential Candidates

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman mocks the confidence level of the 1912 presidential candidates—Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Howard Taft—before the election.

Presidential Service

Benjamin Latrobe and his wife, Mary, helped newly inaugurated President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison furnish the White House.

No Failure of Substance

Roosevelt began inaugural day by attending a brief service at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

A Seat on the Isle, Please

From Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete, pages 4-5. Copyright © The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Plus Ça Change . . .

“Promises,” from The Exchange Artist by Jane Kamensky.

Yarrow Mamout

Third Time's the Charm

When Charles Willson Peale painted former enslaved African American and Georgetown resident Yarrow Mamout in 1819, he was interested in his storied longevity.

Sarah Bernhardt in <em>Le Baiser</em>

Le Baiser

Felix Nadar’s gelatin silver print on paper of Sarah Bernhardt in Le Baiser is among the holdings of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Saburo Shindo

Nebraska by Way of Hiroshima

Perched atop an English saddle and sporting leather riding boots in this 1913 pose, Saburo Shindo literally sits astride the cultural diversity that marked his life as a Hiroshima-born Nebraskan resta

From Revival to Rock ’n’ Roll

Rosetta Tharpe never had Mahalia Jackson’s political cachet or her connection to the civil rights movement.