About This Blog

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Original boundary stone at the intersection of Southern Ave. and Eastern Ave. along the D.C. - Prince Georges County line. (Source: Flickr user MDMarkUS66)Original boundary stone at the intersection of Southern Ave. and Eastern Ave. along the D.C. - Prince Georges County line. (Source: Flickr user MDMarkUS66)
Boundary Stones is a blog about local history in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. On these pages (or pixels!) we'll seek to uncover and share some of the stories that have helped to shape our community over the years. There will be some serious stuff, some light stuff, some photos and eventually maybe even some video. It should be a fun exploration and we hope that you will check back often to read, comment and suggest topics.

So what's with the name Boundary Stones? It's a local history reference, of course! After President George Washington chose the Potomac River region as the site for the new national capital in 1790, surveyors laid out 40 sandstone markers to mark the territory. These stones were inscribed with "District of Columbia" on one side and "Maryland" or "Virginia" on the other side. If it worked for George Washington, it works for us!

A note about our format

On this site, we strive to provide interesting, informative and accurate blog posts based on a variety of reputable sources including history books, articles, websites, interviews, newspaper accounts and primary source materials. However, in most cases, our short-form blog post format does not allow us to research and discuss these topics exhaustively. Quite simply, there is almost always more to the story. We invite comments and suggestions on how our posts can be improved and/or how our treatment of a topic can be expanded. After all, blogs are always better when readers contribute their thoughts and knowledge.

The views posted on Boundary Stones are the views of the authors themselves and do not necessarily represent the views of WETA.

Our Bloggers

Emily Robinson, a Massachusetts native, comes to DC by way of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She studies Media & Communication and Political Science, and while she is not a history or music major, her ownership of a Ben Franklin action figure and way too many instruments would suggest otherwise. An elementary school project on Jim Henson, a DC native himself, sparked her interest in finding creative ways to learn and teach about music and history through forms of digital media. When she's not blogging at WETA, Emily can be found taking photos of DC architecture, and searching for trombones and pianos to play throughout the DMV.

While most 5 year olds might spend their time playing soccer or baseball, Jacob decided to meticulously study the presidents, memorize their names, and rate them on a scale from 1-5. Candidly, he did this because he was terrible at both soccer and baseball, but he would like to believe that this more academic hobby instilled in him a love of History that remains to this day. As a D.C. native, Jacob has always tried to share local History with his community in a way that is both informative and entertaining. In high school, he made a video for the school called “Tenleytown is Funleytown,” a short film highlighting various hotspots in the vibrant neighborhood of Tenleytown. He is still waiting to hear back from Sundance. 

Mark Jones has called the D.C. area home since he was three years old. As a child he enjoyed taking family trips to Colonial Williamsburg and impersonating historical figures for elementary school book reports. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College and a Master's in History and New Media from George Mason University. Prior to coming to WETA, Mark worked as an interpreter for the National Park Service at Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, where (much to the amusement of his friends) he wore the "Smokey the Bear" hat as part of his uniform and occasionally donned period clothes. (Photos are classified.)

Nick Scalera dates his fascination with history to the day the Bicentennial "Freedom Train" rolled into his hometown of Rochester, NY. Since then, he’s followed a multitude of professional and personal tracks that have ultimately led back to telling stories about the past. Before coming to WETA, Nick produced Web sites, interactive elements, online games and video projects for Discovery Channel, TLC, Science Channel, Military Channel and The Henry Ford, the nation's second largest history museum. He has also worked as a museum archivist and an exhibit developer, producing immersive historical experiences such as an early-20th Century silent movie theater and a 1980s teen bedroom. Scalera has Masters Degrees in History (University of Connecticut) and Information and Library Studies (University of Michigan).

Patrick J. Kiger is a journalist, blogger and author based in the Washington, DC area. He has written for print publications ranging from GQ and Mother Jones to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and wrote the "Is This a Good Idea?" blog for the Science Channel from 2007-2012. His books include Poplorica: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore that Shaped Modern America, co-authored with Martin J. Smith, which recently was reissued on in a Kindle edition. For more of his work, go to www.patrickjkiger.com or follow him on Twitter @patrickjkiger.