December 2, 2021

Today in History: Washington D.C.

Last Updated on August 17, 2021


Today in History–July 16–the Library of Congress features Washington D.C. It’s designation as the United States capital city was assured on this date in 1790 with the signing of the Residence Act. Learn more about the planning of this singular city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures.

Primary source items: choosing a capital

Primary source sets

Washington, D.C. resource guide

Washington, D.C. stories from America’s Library

Guided primary source analysis: Washington D.C. Invites You to the Opening of Congress

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