Gilbert Stuart's Washington

Gilbert Stuart's Washington

September 19, 2018

George Washington's portrait is one of the most recognizable images to date-- we have Gilbert Stuart to thank for that! Stuart's 18th century portraits of Washington established accurate and recognizable depictions of the nation's first president. This week's blog post highlights the portrait types that Stuart created of Washington and the stories behind them.

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Taking to the Skies: The Airline Industry Through History

Taking to the Skies: The Airline Industry Through History

September 12, 2018

Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright’s hard work finally paid off in 1903 when they officially flew the first powered and controlled airplane the world had ever seen. Here, we take a look at the airline industry through the ages, from early records of Wright experiments, to later airline advertisements that now evoke a sense of nostalgia.    

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The California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush

September 05, 2018

The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) began on January 24, 1848 when a small gold nugget was uncovered in the earth of Sutter’s Mill, California. Over 300,000 people across the world traveled to California in the seven years of the Gold Rush, bringing with them a myriad of cultures and traditions. Nevertheless, their goal was the same; to leave with full pockets and success after a bit of good luck. 

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How Helen Keller Redefined Education for the Blind and Deaf

How Helen Keller Redefined Education for the Blind and Deaf

August 29, 2018

Helen Keller was left deaf and blind after a childhood illness, which meant that normal means of communication were a severe challenge. Nevertheless, her determination and commitment to education allowed her to learn to read, write, and communicate with the world that surrounded her.

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Representing Native Identity: Native American Leaders in Art

Representing Native Identity: Native American Leaders in Art

August 22, 2018

Representations of Native American leaders were documented in literature, art, and numismatics during the 19th century, which created a rich portrayal of Native American culture and history. Take a look at some of the ways 19th century artists and authors interacted with Native American tribe leaders in this week's blog post!

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Must-Have Travel Accessories for the End of Summer

Must-Have Travel Accessories for the End of Summer

August 15, 2018

Check out some of the new travel accessories now available at The Great Republic! Take a look at this list of traveler items and discover what makes these products must-haves for your next trip.

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Proclaiming Freedom: Lincoln's Hand in History

Proclaiming Freedom: Lincoln's Hand in History

August 08, 2018

Abraham Lincoln was just a common man before becoming the 16th President of the United States of America and changing what it means to be 'free' for thousands. We celebrate all that Lincoln has accomplished and take a look at some representations of him in art in this week's blog.

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Celebrating Colorado's History

Celebrating Colorado's History

August 01, 2018

Happy Colorado Day! Today, we celebrate Colorado by featuring a beautiful 38-star flag, which currently hangs in our Colorado Springs shop. Then, we highlight the unique craftsmanship of the Vortic Watch Company, based out of Colorado.

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A Step Back in Time: The Civil War

A Step Back in Time: The Civil War

July 25, 2018

One of the oldest time periods that we are honored to represent is the Civil War era, arguably one of the most influential periods in the United States’ history. Today, two pieces from The Great Republic’s old collection are highlighted to portray the way American ancestors have shaped the world for generations to come.

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The Great Republic at the Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Virgina

The Great Republic at the Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Virgina

October 22, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is delighted to announce a collaboration with two of City Center D.C.’s most unique retailers, The Great Republic and Eagle Co.

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WWI Sweetheart Silks

WWI Sweetheart Silks

October 01, 2017

Ever since we displayed this sentimental and patriotic WWI handkerchief on our walls in our Washington DC store, we have been asked countless times to tell the story behind this unique item. So today we are exploring the tale behind this beautiful war memorabilia. 

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Post Civil War DC in "Roose's Companion and Guide to Washington and Vicinity"

Post Civil War DC in "Roose's Companion and Guide to Washington and Vicinity"

September 18, 2017

Today on the blog we are examining a fairly uncommon and very illuminating map of Washington D.C., dating to 1885, created by William S. Roose. Because it was a planned city, the early maps of Washington, DC have always been a particularly accurate way to track the development of the nation’s capital. This map helps us explore the markers of a growing population in postbellum DC, and the projects and infrastructure changes, specifically the 1881 reclamation of the Potomac Flats, that were necessary for the Nation's Capital to thrive.

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