Lori Wysong

Lori Wysong hails from Damascus, Maryland, a town that falls in that outer realm of the DC metro area where you could drive 10 minutes down the road and meet a diehard Ravens fan. She graduated from Montgomery College with a degree in General Studies, and from Washington College with a degree in History. Prior to WETA, she worked at the National Portrait Gallery, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and a historic Customs House in Chestertown, MD.  If you take her to a museum, she is that person who reads every single label. She loves walking through DC and staring up at the tops of buildings and asking "What is that statue of?"—so as you can imagine, she is pretty excited to work at Boundary Stones.

Posts by Lori Wysong

Washington's "Official" Song

What songs come to mind when you think of Washington, D.C.? Maybe Go-go music, or patriotic Sousa marches? Then of course there’s the “official” song, that instantly recognizable classic— “Washington,” by Jimmie Dodd (Yes, the composer is the same grown man who went on to lead the Mouseketeers in the original “Mickey Mouse Club” in 1955).

Doesn’t ring a bell? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Wishing in a Fountain: The Protest for more D.C. Pools

In the early 1960s, the Evening Star called the Columbus Circle fountain in front of Union Station “a ready made swimming pool with ledges, platforms, and friendly statues. It is a grand place to wrestle and splash during the heat of the day, to get the shivers, and to finally recapture the heat by stretching full length on the warm bricks of the surrounding walk. Columbus looks on—pleased and noble.” However, as inviting as it was, swimming in the fountain was technically against Park Police regulations which made it the perfect place to protest Washington’s shortage of accessible swimming pools.

L'Enfant's Funeral: An Honor 84 Years Overdue

On April 28, 1909, a funeral procession nearly a mile long paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street, complete with fine carriages and a military escort. Throughout Washington, D.C., flags were displayed at half mast, spectators lined the streets, and school children were allowed a break from their studies to glimpse out the window and see it pass by. The man they were there to honor was Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant… who died in 1825.