Originally formed to support Burleith’s 90th birthday activities in 2013, the Burleith History Group continues to research our community's past. The images above represent three projects led by this group. In 2014, the group restored the Daniel Boone monument (left) on the grounds of Duke Ellington School of the Arts (formerly The Western High School). The 1887 map of Burleith (center) was collected for a pictorial history of Burleith to be published as part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. The restoration (right) of Burleith's five fire call boxes was done in collaboration with the Burleith call box committee and completed in 2016. A fourth ongoing project focuses on identifying events that happened in Burleith for each of the 366 days of the year, including February 29.

Minutes of History Group Meetings

The meetings of the Burleith History Group are irregular but usually occur on Sunday afternoons. The minutes of the meetings appear here.
October 2015
January 2015
2014 Meetings
2013 Meetings

Burleith Historical Documents

This collection of documents includes histories, maps, materials related to the Burleith Citizens Association, press clips, and other miscellaneous documents.  More →

Burleith History in Pictures

The Burleith History Group is working with Arcadia Publishing to produce a book on Burleith as part of Arcadia's Images of America series. The leading local history publisher of local and regional pictorial histories, Arcadia believes a book documenting the rich history of Burleith through historic photographs will be an excellent addition to the series. Images of America books are 128 pages in length and include 180 to 240 historic images accompanied by captions.

Burleith residents and History Group members Dwane Starlin and Ross Schipper are leading this project. Dwane and Ross are already working with Georgetown Library (Peabody Room), GW Gelman Library (Burleith Archives), Historical Society of Washington, and the Library of Congress to obtain images. But they need the help of Burleith residents to round out the image collection. They are looking for original photographs or slides that contribute to the history of Burleith and are especially interested in Burleith street scenes, homes (exterior or interior), residents, and activities (such as the summer picnic). Ten percent of the images can be from the 1970s or later.

Archives of the Burleith Newsletter

Volume 1 of the Burleith newsletter was published in 1926. One of the projects of the History Group is to digitally scan all existing copies of the newsletter and make these historical documents available online so they may be referenced for research purposes.  

PDFs of most Burleith Bells from September 2004 to the current issue (as well as an assortment of pre-2004 issues) may be viewed and/or downloaded by selecting the month and year and clicking "Submit." (Please note that in recent years the Bell was not published in July or August. Effective in 2016, the Bell is published in March, June, October, and December.)