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Streetcars and Their Legacy in Washington, DC (Members Only)
November 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
For 100 years, from 1862 to 1962, streetcars were a vital element of the District’s transportation infrastructure. The development of streetcar lines enabled the development of many of the city’s neighborhoods outside of the downtown core. For decades, streetcars were the primary means of commuting for most Washingtonians. Now, more than half a century after streetcar service ended, there are still many reminders of the streetcar system around the city, and some of these historic structures are threatened. DCPL trustee John DeFerrari will discuss the colorful history of streetcars in the nation’s capital as well as the remnants of the streetcar system that have survived and their preservation status.
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John DeFerrari was born and raised in Washington, DC and has a lifelong passion for local history. He has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Harvard University and has worked for many years for the federal government. In addition to penning the popular Streets of Washington blog, DeFerrari is a trustee of the DC Preservation League and the author of three books: Lost Washington, D.C. (2011), Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats (2013), and Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. (2015).