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Discovering a 1964 Poetry Book and Its Link to the Neighborhood

June 29, 2015

I recently found an article from the Chicago Daily Defender published on December 28, 1964 (included below) which has a nice connection with Park View. It is about Elois H. Redmond Jones who lived at 521 Lamont Street with her husband Thomas. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Redmond, resided at 724 Rock Creek Church Road. The occasion of the article was a book of poems she’d published in 1964 by Vantage Press titled A Pleasant Encounter and Other Poems. In doing some digging, this appears to be her only published work. I was able to find that six libraries are known to own copies. These are Virginia Commonwealth University, Temple University, Norfolk State University, New York Public library, Brown University, and Wayne State University. I’m sure there may be others.

I’ve yet to learn anything more about the author but will keep searching.


Elois H. Jones

1943 Book About Washington History has Link to Park View

March 1, 2012

Washington: Yesterday and Today, was published in 1943

Here’s a nice link to the past, both of the City and of the neighborhood. Washington: Yesterday and Today was published in 1943 by Ginn and Company. As stated on its title page, the book was prepared by Social Studies Teachers in the Washington, D.C., Public Schools under the direction of George J. Jones.

George J. Jones lived in Park View from at least 1947 until his death in 1955, residing at 3670 Park Place, NW. According to his obituary, he came to Washington in 1908 to sight-see and stayed to teach.

He began by teaching history and introduced discussion of contemporary problems into his curriculum. He also testified on Capitol Hill in the late 1940s in defense of certain textbooks used in the school system which had been criticized as being un-American. In addition to Washington: Yesterday and Today, Jones was also the co-author of The Constitution of the United States with an Introduction to Its Study (1941) and Modern World Setting for American History (1925).

Washington: Yesterday and Today includes the following chapters:

  1. Before the Capital came to the Potomac
  2. A new Capital is born
  3. Washington in earlier years — and now
  4. Our Capital in Wartimes
  5. A story of old Georgetown
  6. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
  7. Commercial and Industrial Washington
  8. Schools in the National Capital
  9. The Capital as a cultural center
  10. The Government of the District of Columbia

While dated, even for a history book, so far I’m particularly fond of the commercial and industrial history as well as the explanation of the District government under the three Commissioners.


Park View Authors’ Talk Tomorrow at Petworth Library

May 20, 2011

For those that are still interested in either buying a copy of the Park View book and/or having copies signed, you have another opportunity tomorrow. Between 1-3 p.m. both Lauri and myself will be at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Avenue, NW) to talk about the book, answer questions, and sign copies.

If you haven’t been to the beautifully restored Petworth Library yet, this is a great opportunity to check it out.

If you are not able to attend but want to get a copy of the book, copies are available locally from either Sisterspace & books or the Museum Store at the Lincoln’s Cottage.


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