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D.C. Mondays: The Characters of Georgetown’s Halcyon House

Photograph of Halcyon House


Jennifer Lupu uncovers archaeological findings from the historical Halcyon House—shedding light on a Civil War-era drug smuggling operation and a Prohibition drag scene.

About the Halcyon House

Halcyon House is a historic estate in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. It was built in 1787 by First Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert, with gardens designed by Peter (Pierre) L’Enfant, D.C.’s original architect. In the early 19th century, the house was at the center of much of Washington's social life.

About Jennifer Lupu 

Jennifer Lupu is a PhD student in Anthropology at Northwestern University. She studies late 19th century Washington, D.C. Her research interests include brothels, institutions, patent/proprietary medicine, and marginalized or underrepresented historical narratives including those featuring LGBTQ people, people of color, women, and poor and homeless communities.

How to Participate

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