Monthly archives for April, 2015

Graduate Class Explores Role of Cultural Heritage Institutions

Graduate students taking History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions at Catholic University got a crash course in D.C. history as reflected in manuscript, object and photograph collections at the Historical Society.

Unlike many of the student visits to the Historical Society, the activities designed and collections pulled for a recent visit by graduate students in Catholic University’s “History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions” were not chosen for their subject content, as the students weren’t researching a particular topic, neighborhood or time period. Rather, the orientation […]

Two Down, Two to Come: 2015 Community Heritage Project Workshops


Produced in partnership with Humanities DC, Historic Preservation, the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the Community Heritage Project House History workshops provide an introduction to the resources available at local repositories to help discover the stories behind buildings across the city. The two April 2015 workshops were recently […]

Cleveland Park Historical Society Visit

In addition to the records of the Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS), the collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D..C. include numerous resources relating to the Cleveland Park neighborhood. This image is from the Kathleen Sinclair Wood Photograph Collection (SP 112).

It was a meeting of the Societies: Recently members of the Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS) spent a morning exploring the library and exhibits of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. While group visits allow for hands-on time with the collections as well as serve as an introduction to the Historical Society as a whole, […]



At the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. it’s always thrilling to see how researchers – academics, artists, architects, writers, house history buffs and hobbyists alike – make use of the collections that the Society holds in trust for the public. The reference staff, along with our incredible cast of volunteers and interns, love holding hot-off-the-press […]

At Two New Exhibits, Differing Takes on D.C.’s Development Boom

At Two New Exhibits, Differing Takes on D.C.’s Development Boom

By Arielle Milkman | DCist, April 23, 2015 Read Arielle Milkman’s article.

These are Washington’s Most Endangered Sites

These are Washington’s Most Endangered Sites

By Emily Codik | Washingtonian, April 22, 2015 Read Emily Codik’s article.  

History Mystery: Dating Door Keeper Buckingham

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History Mystery: The circa 2004 catalog record for the portrait of John E. Buckingham dated the image to 1865. When the photograph was pulled in 2015 for research regarding the assassination of President Lincoln, it was noted that the back, or verso, included a long note that threw doubt on the original cataloging.  Our task […]

For the Record Exhibit Opens April 22

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s juried competition and exhibition, “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, opens April 22 in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. This exciting new program preserves scenes of the District’s changing cityscape. The 75 winning artworks feature places such as the McMillan Sand Filtration site, historic Anacostia, the Carnegie […]

Architecture Week Approaches: April 23-29


The day after the Historical Society launches For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C., continue your exploration of Washington’s architectural history with AIA|DC’s 17th annual Architecture Week! The week’s schedule has many free and low-cost programs that history enthusiasts may enjoy. Tour: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden Thursday, April 23 – 10 a.m. Open House: Ippakutei Teahouse and […]

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