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Happy Birthday to our Nation's Capital!

fireworksOn July 16, 1790, President George Washington signed the Residence Act, officially approving the creation of a capital district to be located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. According to the U.S. Constitution, Washington, D.C. is not part of any state, but is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress. Virginia and Maryland both donated land to form the capital district which was named in honor of our first president.

Through a fiery trial: building Washington, 1790-1800 by Bob Arnebeck

Washington: the making of the American capital by Fergus M. Bordewich

Washington burning: how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army by Les Standiford

Frommer's Washington, D.C. 2013 by Elise Hartman Ford

Real life at the White House: two hundred years of daily life at America's most famous residence by John Whitcomb and Claire Whitcomb

The Washington Monument: it stands for all by Thomas B. Allen

Washington National Cathedral [videodisc] by WETA

The Lincoln Memorial & American life by Christopher A. Thomas

Official guide to the Smithsonian

Top 10 Washington, D.C. by Ron Burke & Susan Burke

Echoes from the White House [videodisc]: a celebration of the bicentennial of America's mansion by Kunhardt Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York

President's photographer [videodisc]: fifty years inside the Oval Office

An invitation to the White House: at home with history by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Eyewitness travel: Washington, D.C. by main contributors, Susan Burke and Alice L. Powers

Freedom's cap: the United States Capitol and the coming of the Civil War by Guy Gugliotta

The President's house: a first daughter shares the history and secrets of the world's most famous home by Margaret Truman

Black men built the Capitol: discovering African- American history in and around Washington, D.C. by Jesse J.Holland

The Black history of the White House by Clarence Lusane

African American masters: highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum by Gwen Everett

The burning of Washington: the British invasion of 1814 by Anthony S. Pitch

The siege of Washington: the untold story of the twelve days that shook the Union by John Lockwood and Charles Lockwood

The real national treasure [videodisc]: an inside look at the Library of Congress by History Channel ; A&E Television Networks

WWII Memorial [videodisc]: a testament to freedom by a production of New Voyage Communications, Washington DC

Maya Lin [videodisc]: a strong clear vision by a film by Freida Lee Mock, Ocean Releasing presents a Sanders & Mock/American Film Foundation production

Legacies: collecting America's history at the Smithsonian by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick

The Georgetown ladies' social club: power, passion, and politics in the nation's capital by C. David Heymann