Monthly archives for August, 2014

Weekend House History Workshops Pack HSW and DCPL

Weekend House History Workshops Pack HSW and DCPL

On August 23rd, more than 120 members of the public participated in the 2014 DC Community Heritage Project, a collaborative event arranged by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and staffed by community experts, the folks from the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The event’s goal? To introduce […]

Incoming Freshmen ‘Discover D.C.’

Incoming Freshmen ‘Discover D.C.’

On August 20th and 21st the Historical Society hosted nearly 80 incoming freshmen from American University, presenting themes, concepts and resources to help develop the student’s appreciation for and understanding of their new home: Washington, D.C. Discover DC, an orientation program developed by American University, is an “opportunity for new AU students to learn about […]

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report II

Along with thousands of panoramic images, donors Mark and Douglas Segal contributed their father's massive Cirkut camera to the Society's collection.

The Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114) consists of several thousand oversized photographs of local business, organization, school, political, and other groups in locally significant settings, both indoors and outdoors, from 1957 to 2000. Since this spring, HSW interns have been hard at work towards making this collection accessible for researchers; this is Part II […]

Media Mention: BBC Quotes Washington History Managing Editor

Media Mention: BBC Quotes Washington History Managing Editor

The BBC News quoted Washington History managing editor Jane Freundel Levey in a recent piece, “Washington, D.C. from murder capital to boomtown.” Reporter Aidan Lewis spent several days this spring and summer at the Kiplinger Research Library and worked extensively with Research Services Librarian Laura Barry in gathering background material for the article.

HSW Hosts Tour and Workshop for Conference Attendees

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On August 12th, the HSW hosted ten representatives from repositories across the country,  with the Collections Manager providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the Society’s space in the Carnegie Library building. The visitors, in town for the Society of American Archivists annual conference, received a hands-on introduction to popular collections, such as architectural photographs from the […]

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

The Washington Post, via “John Kelly’s Washington,”  recently featured William DeCosta, a retired local librarian who has compiled several indices which he subsequently donated to the Society. The latest donation, “Hoboes and Tramps in the 1890s,” is available on microfilm (MS 0798) and as well as an abridged printed version (P 5168). 

Media Mention: Washingtonian Magazine Highlights HSW Resources

Media Mention: Washingtonian Magazine Highlights HSW Resources

 “Open House,” a blog initiative of Washingtonian Magazine, recently highlighted local repositories which help homeowners and other researchers uncover the histories of the District’s buildings. The post, “How to Uncover Your Home’s History,” by Maddy Berner, mentions the Society’s house history workshops (next up: August 23rd’s collaboration with the Humanities Council and the D.C. Public […]

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report I

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report I

The Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114) consists of several thousand oversize photographs of local business, organization, school, political, and other groups in locally significant settings, both indoors and outdoors, from 1957 to 2000.  HSW interns have been hard at work towards making this collection accessible for researchers; this is Part I of a series […]

On Exhibit: Capitol Photo Service

On Exhibit: Capitol Photo Service

The Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114) comprises several thousand oversize photographs of local business, organization, school, political, and other groups in locally significant settings, both indoors and outdoors, from 1957 to 2000. Selections from this incredible, massive collection will be on periodically on display. The current exhibit is on view through the end of […]

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