Monthly archives for October, 2014

Local History Comes Alive During 4-Day Annual Conference


“Making New Washingtons: Historical Consciousness in a Transforming City” is the theme for the 41st Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies, the city’s premier annual presentation of new academic and community-based research about the history of our nation’s capital. Hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) in collaboration with the D.C. Public Library […]

New HSW Banners Up Around Mt. Vernon Square


Just in time for next week’s Making D.C. History Awards on November 5 (get your tickets!) and the Smithsonian’s Save Our African American Treasures program on November 8 and 9,  the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has put up new banners around its home in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The new blue-and-red […]

Backstage: Hats Off to the White Gloves Gang!

The White Gloves Gang at the Historical Society comprises, from left, Danielle Bennett, Manda Kowalczyk, Tom D’Amore, Marta Zlotnick, Patricia Raynor, Elizabeth Alberding. Front row: Javier Martinez-Baez and Jobi Zink.

Backstage is an occasional series covering the behind-the-scenes actions that are part of collections care. We’ll delve into the decisions regarding rehousing collections of all kinds, and explore different methods of collections processing, from manuscripts to panoramic photographs to ephemera. We’ll tackle the tug of war between preservation concerns, the commitment to access for researchers […]

HSW and Partners to Capture D.C.’s Changing Landscape Through Art

For the Record Vertical Logo

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) announces the launch of “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, a new program to capture and preserve scenes of the District’s built environment. Co-sponsors include the DC Preservation League, the Capitol Hill Art League, and the National Building Museum. The initiative seeks submissions of paintings and photography for […]

John Suau Profiled by American University


The Historical Society’s Executive Director John Suau is profiled by Caitin Freiss in American University’s online newsletter. John graduated from American’s Arts Management Program in 1997 and returned to D.C. in March after 7 years in Florida. From the article: Suau says it seems fitting that he is back in Washington. “I am happy to […]

HSW Explores the History of Dunbar High School at Documentary Screening

Dunbar High School

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will present a screening of the documentary film The Dunbar Legacy: Passing the Torch of Excellence on Saturday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Admission is free. The first public high school for African Americans, Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School is […]

Recipients of 2014 Making D.C. History Awards Announced

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) announced that the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Washington Blade newspaper will be the 2014 recipients of the group’s annual Making D.C. History Awards, which honors the people and organizations that have helped shape the nation’s capital. The awards ceremony will be held at the Society’s […]

GWU Freshmen Take a Literary Walk through Washington

Undergrads from The George Washington University look over a 1862 pamphlet.

While intensive programs such as Discover D.C. can provide a crash course in local history to large groups, on a more regular basis the Society’s Research Services Librarian, Laura Barry, works with individual professors to craft library orientations and research sessions that explore topics tied to specific syllabi. This year the Society has welcomed several […]

HSW Continues to Flourish at Carnegie Library Despite Cancellation of Spy Museum Plans


In response to today’s decision by Events DC and the International Spy Museum to cancel their plans for a relocation of the Spy Museum to Mt. Vernon Square, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) wishes to clarify that this will in no way affect the continuation of the Society’s current programming and public use […]

Family History Festival Brings Crowds

Family History Festival Brings Crowds

A team of two volunteers and two staff members from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. joined representatives from the D.C. Archives, the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society, and more than a dozen other organizations at the inaugural Maryland State Archives Family History Festival, held on October 4 in Annapolis, Md. More than 500 people […]

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Policewoman directs traffic at 7th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW, ca. 1918. Photo by Zaccheus Spratt. (ZSI 132A)