Monthly archives for November, 2015

What If? Washington: A Castle-less Capital City

Imagine. What if the Smithsonian Castle had burned all the way to the ground when flames surrounded the building in 1865? One of the most distinctive – and wonderfully odd, really, with its mismatched turrets and cloister-influenced nooks and crannies – and immediately recognizable buildings in all of Washington might have ceased to exist. What if James Smithson’s papers hadn’t […]

Personal Archiving: Digital Photography Workshops

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. counts many magnificent personal photograph albums among the collections, documenting the up-close-and-personal of D.C. residents as well as tourists through the years. And while print albums come with their own slew of preservation concerns, in some ways they’re easier to deal with than the mountain of digital files that are currently […]

Making DC History With a Glittering Night of Awards

A report from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s Making D.C. History Awards ceremony. By Ayanna Alexander | November 10, 2015 Read Ayanna Alexander’s  article