Stories by Jessica Estepa:
Feb. 15, 2011
In The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family, author Peter Firstbrook attempts to piece together oral history, fables and traditions to explain the deepest roots in President Barack Obama's family tree, a lineage that even the president knows little about.
Feb. 14, 2011
H Street restaurants offer deals this week, with some of the profits going to a local organization. Also: A bronze plaque commemorating the location of Providence Hospital at Providence Park disappeared Jan. 31.
Feb. 11, 2011
It may not be the first romantic city to pop into anyones head, but Washington, D.C., is actually a great place for marriage proposals. In fact, some of the most endearing proposals have taken place with a backdrop of the citys stately monuments and buildings.
Feb. 9, 2011
The Library of Congress' Veterans History Project aims to gather firsthand accounts of veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts at the click of a mouse.
Feb. 7, 2011
The exhibit Beyond Home Remedy at the Folger Shakespeare Library ties unusual ingredients that women used in homemade medicines of old to examples of sorcery in Shakespeare's plays.
Feb. 2, 2011
The Old Naval Hospital Foundation named Diana Bosworth Ingraham as the first executive director of the Hill Center, a community center on Capitol Hill.
Feb. 1, 2011
Author Hazel Rowley delves into their relationship in Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage. Unlike previous biographers, Rowley cheers for their union.
Jan. 26, 2011
With the H Street streetcar line under construction, Capitol Hill residents and visitors will find themselves with new places to dine, shop and party in the neighborhood.
Jan. 21, 2011
Daniel Mulhollan, director of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, will retire in April.
Jan. 20, 2011
The new Republican majority in the House brings a change not only in agenda but in rules and offices as well. Here are a few noteworthy differences for Members and aides to remember.
Jan. 14, 2011
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was appointed a distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.
Jan. 12, 2011
Smoke was reported on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building on Wednesday but has now cleared.
Dec. 25, 2010
Despite working for a good portion of the week before Christmas, Members of Congress found ways to put aside the lame-duck votes and enjoy a few traditional celebrations to mark the end of the year with their staffs and family.
Dec. 15, 2010
Lucia Perillo received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, which honors the best book of poetry published by an American in the previous two years, for her 2009 book Inseminating the Elephant.
Dec. 8, 2010
The Hill is getting in the holiday spirit: The Capitol Riverfront is hosting its third annual Holiday Market starting Tuesday, and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society has released its 2010 ornament.
Dec. 8, 2010
The Smithsonian American Art Museums new installation of works from its permanent collection, Watch This!: New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image, celebrates artists using video to create new media works.
Dec. 6, 2010
With 40 years of service under his belt, Joe Quattrone has been the House barber longer than most Members have been in Congress.
Nov. 30, 2010
The ancient Chinese valued jade and bronze highly, creating everything from ceremonial pieces for burials to hair clips and decorative swords. Some of the best-preserved pieces are part of the permanent exhibit in two recently renovated galleries at the Smithsonians Freer Gallery of Art.
Nov. 29, 2010
Those looking for a present for a history or political junkie this holiday season have several options, with a variety of new books debunking romantic legends and providing insight into several presidencies.
Nov. 29, 2010
The tradition of the Capitol Christmas tree continued Monday morning when this years tree arrived at the Capitol.
Nov. 19, 2010
After 28 years of working for three Members, Carolyn Anderson, special assistant to Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), is retiring.
Nov. 14, 2010
Learning names, meeting spouses, dealing with the media: Members of the freshman class of the next Congress got a head start on orientation as they streamed into D.C. on Sunday.
Nov. 10, 2010
Blonde or brunette? Thats what a group of Washington, D.C., women will answer when they take the field to compete in the sixth annual Blondes vs. Brunettes powder-puff football game Saturday to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Nov. 3, 2010
As of Wednesday, Republicans had picked up two House seats in Nevada and Washington, while Democrats picked up one House seat in Hawaii. Three House races remain too close to call, while the fates of Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have yet to be determined.
Oct. 27, 2010
While getting his bachelors degree in journalism at James Madison University, Matt Wasniewski thought he was going to be a sports writer. He was wrong: Wasniewski was recently named the new historian for the House of Representatives.