122nd Anniversary Celebration and

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. board of trustees, advisory council, staff and volunteers invite you to join us as we celebrate the organization’s 122nd anniversary. The event features the presentation of the 3rd Annual Visionary Historian Award to Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open to the public on September 24, 2016.

Register-NowHistoric Carnegie Library Tours

Ever wonder about the history of the Carnegie Library on Mt. Vernon Square?
In 1999, the U.S. Congress entrusted the building to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. for 100 years. Join us for a free guided tour of the building and learn about the more than 115 years of history of the Carnegie Library.


For the Record: Changing D.C.

BEST IN SHOW WINNER: McMillan with Howard Chapel by Elaine Wilson, Oil on Board, 7.5” x 9.38”, Created: 2015, Location: McMillan Filtration Plant, North Capitol and Girard Street

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. The Historical Society aims to continue the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record is a juried contest and exhibit of the 75 best new artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape.

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Discover D.C. History

Heurich Brewery workers with steins

Heurich Brewery workers with steins

Thanks to funding from City Fund, the Historical Society is pleased to present the new digital collections portal, Discover D.C. History. This new searchable online tool is a huge step in the digitization of the Historical Society’s vast collections. This first digital sample presents nearly 1,000 photographs, letters, archives, and ephemera in a new, easy-to-use platform. As the Historical Society continues to digitize collections, this space will expand and provide more opportunities to interact with its archives.

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 For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf

Spandorf-headerPresented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., this exhibit explores the artwork of Austrian-born watercolorist and journalist Lily Spandorf (1914-2000).

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The Spring 2016 issue of Washington History is here.
Look for your copy in the mail.

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Support the Historical Society

There are many ways to show your commitment to local history: