Monthly archives for January, 2015

Historical Society Artifacts Now On Exhibit at the Smithsonian

This 1862 topographical map shows the area's Civil War-era forts.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is proud to have several pieces from its collection on loan to the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, including archaeological artifacts, ephemera, a family bible, and more, as part of the Museum’s new exhibit.  Opening on Monday February 2, How the Civil War Changed Washington, “focuses on the social and […]

So Where Did D.C. Get Its Street Names?


Most of Washington’s streets are named with the well-known alpha-numeric system with diagonal avenues named for states. But what about the street names outside the alphabetic grid? Where did they get their names? The Historical Society answers your question in the Washington City Paper‘s Answer Issue. Learn about D.C.’s street names and other often-asked questions about […]

Deadline Approaching to Submit Artworks to For the Record

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s juried competition and exhibition, “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, is accepting submissions of artwork and photography through February 1. This exciting new program will help to capture and preserve scenes of the District’s changing cityscape. Co-sponsors include the DC Preservation League and the Capitol Hill Art League. The […]

Hot Topic: Exploring the D.C. Fire & EMS Museum


How long does it take you to get ready to leave the house? Consider this: In the 1800s, it took fire horses less than 30 seconds to get out the door and be on their way to an emergency. All while pulling a steam engine weighing several tons! You can see a beautiful example of […]

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