Welcome to the Mintwood Place email list serve. This list is open to everyone interested in making Washington, DC a more livable place. But we'll start close to where we live and work. This list is focused on the neighborhood in and around Mintwood Place. It seeks to promote the exchange of relevant Mintwood information, discuss, coordination and improve communication in the community between neighbors and public servants, and city officials. In the past this list has helped to facilitate information exchange with city officials, city contractors and the community, working on the reconstruction of the Mintwood Road. See for instance the Report of Cynthia Pols on the Department of Transportation Mintwood project and also former ANC Commissioner Bryan Weaver's Letter . Or just page through the List Archive .
Please use this e-mail list exclusively for Mintwood related concerns. Issues like, nearby construction projects, comparing water test results, organizing tree plantings; dealing with rat problems, block crimes, parking, Kalorama park issues, block & house parties, yard sales, handyperson recommendations, tool borrowing, renting or selling places on the block, emergencies preparedness, etc.
It is moderated by Adam Eidinger of 1858 Mintwood and Eddie Becker, 1844 Mintwood. You can unsubscribe from the list at any time by following the directions at the very bottom of any of the lists e-mails.
To keep posting to an absolute minimum, the list policy is to accept posting from on topic list subscribers related directly to the Mintwood neighborhood. There are other lists, focused on City and Neighborhood wide concerns that are better suited to discuss wider issues like liquor licensing, citywide taxes, schools. They are listed below - though if a project starts on Mintwood and begins to deal with wider concerns, – we hope people will tolerate and nurture its progress till it moves to the larger community. From our proximity, we can see close-up how well city services and construction projects are performed. So, in the case of park or street work, if we see a flaw in how a particular city agency performs, like not monitoring for quality of work, dealing with incompetent subcontractors or not coordinating with other city agencies, than it makes sense to try to solve these problems - city wide. Very few benefit from the tens of millions of dollars wasted yearly by District agencies- a vigilant and united citizenry – monitoring this work on a city wide basis – is the way to make the City a more livable place to live and to work.
1) Adams Morgan One List, A rather lively e-mail list covers all Adams Morgan view archived messages
Click here to Join the list Or To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) WardOneDC is another lively discussion group dealing with Ward 1 issues.
3) ANC-1C is the Local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C the locally elected community governing body
4) See URL for the Current ANC Rep http://www.anc1c.org/ is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC 1C-03) for Mintwood and surrounding Streets, ANC 1C-03
5) Kalorama Citizens Association (KCA) Local citizens active in the community on issues related to liquor licenses, crime, Parks and preservation etc. To join the KCA mailing list
6) ) Adams Morgan Wikipedia
7) The InTowner Local Monthly newspaper of relevance.
8) DC Watch City Wide List run by Gary Imhoff and DC Watch – Insightful looks at the goings on of the Mayor and City Council. Click here to subscribe to DC Watch
9) Kalorama Park Contact information and mailing list.
SOME HISTORY, Before the Civil War, what is now Kalorama Park was the center of a plantation estate run by John Little & family. In the latter period of slavery, John Little was one of the largest slave owners in Washington. John Little had 12 slaves in 1850. (1850 DC Census Role #57 Free and Slave Schedules, Georgetown, Washington County and slave schedule). In 1860 the census reported that John Little who was then 55, had 14 slaves.
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church just down the road at 1820 Connecticut Avenue, NW http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/ likely traces its origin to the Kalorama Mansion and to Mintwood Place.
"(The following is excerpted from a Forum presentation by Lonn Taylor on St. Margaret's Day, Nov. 15, 1998. Lonn is a historian at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.)
Like all institutions, St. Margaret's has a foundation myth. (It appears in full in rector Herbert Scott Smith's 1947 history on St. Margaret's.) He says that one Sunday evening in 1892, Mr. and Mrs. George Truesdell and Mr. Leroy Tuttle, Jr., were calling at the home of Miss Sophia Little at 19th and Columbia Road. Some other people were there, and Miss Little spoke of her desire to have an Episcopal Church in the neighborhood called St. Margaret's because that was her mother's name. Truesdell said, "Well. Let’s start this thing right now." Reaching over he took the lid of a candy box that was lying on the table and wrote a sum of money on it. He passed it around and by the end of the evening $5,000 had been subscribed. The congregation started meeting at Miss Little's house at 19th and Columbia, but as it grew it moved into the basement billiard room of a mansion called Mintwood, located at 19th and Mintwood Place and owned by a wealthy attorney named Lawrence Sands." When the ground is wet, in the central flat portion of Kalorama Park, an outline of the mansion can be seen in the wet dirt, and on dry day, if you pay close attention, you will see shards of red brick and building stone, breaking the surface. See maps and study at http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/eddie_becker/my_photos
10) Walter C Pierce Park working to improve one of the most beautiful parks in the city.
11) Jim Grahams is the elected Councilperson for Ward 1.
12) Kalorama Citizens Association Calendar
13) DCArtsCenter • DCAC is a nonprofit art space dedicated to emerging art and artists, Located along 18th street
14) Craigs List buy and sell citywide
15) H-DC, Washington, D.C. History and Life
16) Selection of DC Maps
17) Mount Pleasant Community Association
18) National Zoo
19) Holt House Preservation Page and Chronology of Slavery and Racism. Some local history.
20) Adams Morgan Main Street
21) A list of some of DC's newspapers
22) Cultural Tourism DC's Calendar lists a broad range of activities and special events for all ages and interests.
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Last update on February 2010.
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