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16th Anniversary!!!
Inauguration of Officers Gala Dinner and Presentation on
DC’s Last (and Lost) Land Patents – How the Lawyers Saved Washington’s Historic Founding Maps

When: 09/20/2017
Where: MAGGIANO'S LITTLE ITALY - 2nd Floor Banquet Room
5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20015
United States
Contact: DCALS Event Manager

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It's DCALS'  'SWEET SIXTEEN' Party! Please join us September 20 for our annual Inauguration of Officers Gala Dinner. John Long will pass the honored gavel to 2018 president Matt Hull. Spouses and guests are welcome and urged to attend.

Main Presentation . . . DC’s Last (and Lost) Land Patents – How the Lawyers Saved Washington’s Historic Founding Maps — From his home at 34th & Prospect Streets in Georgetown (‘Halcyon House,’ still existing today,) pharmacist John Kidwell had a sweeping view of the Potomac River. He noticed something intriguing - Siltation over decades had caused ‘new land’ to rise up in the river - off Foggy Bottom and downstream at Long Bridge.

Post-Civil War development was booming in DC, spreading north and east from the original city. Kidwell’s keen discovery of the Potomac Flats led him to ‘speculate’ in the other direction - out into the river itself. Believing that this was newly-formed land which no one owned, he applied to B.D. Carpenter, Surveyor of Washington County (a name all DC land surveyors have seen,) and was granted the last Original Patents ever issued in the District of Columbia – ‘Kidwell Meadow’ and ‘Kidwell Land.’

His claim for fee-simple title to ‘new land’ within the river triggered the lawsuit Morris v. United States – the famed “Potomac Flats” case which every DC surveyor should understand - and also led directly to the preservation of irreplaceable maps dating back to the founding of Washington. Everyone is invited.


DCALS member Matthew B. Gilmore is a respected Washington historian. Co-author of two books - Historic Photos of Washington DC (2007, with Andrew Brodie Smith) plus Foggy Bottom and the West End (2011, with Joshua Olsen) – he writes regularly for DC’s In-Towner. Often his articles cover little-known early cases explaining DC land issues to our time. We feature those on DCALS’ website.


Please show up hungry for a bountiful Six-Course Feast!  You’ll receive ALL of the following - served “Family-Style” . . .

Course ONE - Hors d’Oeuvres – Miniature Double-Baked Potatoes; Asiago-Crested Shrimp, Chicken Saltimbocca Roulade.

Course TWO - Appetizers - Stuffed Mushrooms; Calamari Fritté.

Course THREE -  Salads - Maggiano’s Chopped Salad; Spinach Salad; Assorted Fresh-Baked Breads.

Course FOUR -  Pasta - ‘Mom’s’ Special Lasagna in Meat Sauce; Four-Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo Sauce.

Course FIVE - Entrees - Oven-Roasted Pork Loin with Balsamic Cream Sauce; Lemon & Herb Salmon.

Course SIX -  Desserts - Chocolate Zuccotto Cake; Apple Crostada; Fresh-Brewed Coffee, Decaf, Hot & Iced Tea



MAGGIANO'S LITTLE ITALY, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015 202-966-5500.
The restaurant is located in the CHEVY CHASE PAVILION, on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue NW, half-a-block inside the District Line from Friendship Heights, Maryland.



$50 per person if registered by Midnight September 17. ($60 for all RSVPs after on or after September 18.)



Free street parking can usually be found in the residential neighborhood behind the restaurant (Note: 2-hour limit) and there is a commercial parking garage in the building — reduced rate with Maggiano’s validation. Metro’s Friendship Heights station, on the Red Line, is across the street


 Meeting Agenda
6:00pm - 6:45pm    Social Hour (cash bar)                  
6:45pm - 7:30pm                     Dinner
7:30pm - 8:00pm                     Inauguration Ceremony
8:00pm - 9:00pm  Guest Speaker and Presentation





To register for the Wednesday September 20th DCALS meeting at Maggiano’s click the "REGISTER" button at the top of this page.

We’ll see you there!

If you register before midnight 9/17/2017, you will receive the Early Bird Discount of $50 per person.
Registration on or after 9/18/2017 will cost $60 per personThis includes registration at the door. 


         You can make an on-line payment through our secure website by one of the following two methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Check - choose the ACH/E-Check (US banks only) radio button
Contact DCALS at for questions and cancellations.
NOTE: There is a $25 cancellation fee.