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Visit the Smithsonian

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, … Continue reading

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White House Visitor Center

If you are coming to Washington DC make sure you go to the White House Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week, from 7:30 am – 4 pm. Allow between 20 minutes and 1 1/2 hours to … Continue reading

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Washington DC’s First TV Station – W3XWT

Housed at the Hotel Harrington, (11th & E Sts, NW), Washington DC’s first TV station, W3XWT, took the air in 1945 under the guidance of Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr. of Du Mont Labs. This clip was taken from the … Continue reading

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Our History Part 4: A Washington Institution

In 2014, as the Hotel Harrington celebrates its 100th anniversary, it continues to welcome travelers and school groups, many with loyalty dating back decades, from around the globe. The oldest continuously operating hotel in the city, the Harrington remains a … Continue reading

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Our History Part 3: Taking to the Airwaves

A skyscraper by DC standards, the Harrington was the ideal location for the city’s first television station and transmission tower. DuMont Corporation’s W3XWT (soon renamed WTTG-TV and now known as Fox Channel 5) set up shop on the upper floors … Continue reading

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Our History Part 2: To the Table

The 1934 end of Prohibition brought renewed excitement to downtown DC. At the Harrington it took the form of the Pink Elephant Cocktail Lounge, touted by a nightlife critic as just the place for a “cozy tete-a-tete,” and featuring cocktails … Continue reading

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