History Awards


Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Historic Carnegie Library on Mt. Vernon Square

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. awards the Visionary Historian Award annually during its anniversary celebration in early spring. Together with the Making D.C. History Awards, the event recognizes important history makers in the District.

Dr. Frank Smith

Dr. Frank Smith

This year at its 123rd Anniversary Celebration, the Historical Society honors Dr. Frank Smith, founder of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, with its fourth Visionary Historian Award. The Visionary Historian Award is presented to an individual whose lifetime body of work represents the highest achievement in the study of Washington, D.C. and related history.

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Our sponsors support both the Visionary Historian Award (Spring) and the Making D.C. History Awards (Fall).  Opportunities include tickets to both events and many advertising opportunities. For details, please view the History Awards or contact Katrina Ingraham at kingraham@dchistory.org.

Making DC History Awards Logo NewEach year, the Historical Society recognizes local individuals, families, and organizations whose enduring contributions to our community help create, define, and preserve our city’s heritage. Started in 2012 as the Legacy Families of Washington, past recipients created new award categories to recognize the important contributions of D.C.’s local businesses, civic leaders, community members, non-profits, and historians. The awards are the Historical Society’s premier event that helps raise funds to support its important mission.

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