Posts by Anne McDonough

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 […]

Upcoming Talk & Tour at the DC Fire & EMS Museum

Upcoming Talk & Tour at the DC Fire & EMS Museum

  How’s this for an awesome acronym tongue-twister: This fall the HSW and the AOI met with the FFA in the DCFEMSM in Engine Co.3! Or rather, in the 150th year of the D.C. Fire & EMS Department, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., presented the Friendship […]

Front of House: How May We Help?

Front of House is an occasional series where we’ll highlight some of the public services provided by the staff and volunteers of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., as well as post about the eternal quest to fulfill reference queries that have us intrigued, delighted – or, in some cases, stumped. We’re kicking off this […]

Backstage: The Down Side of Framing

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 […]

D.C. Historical Studies Conference Preview from John Kelly

Washington Post columnist John Kelly spotlighted the 41st Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies, which kicks off with tonight’s lecture and opening reception at 6 p.m. Check out Kelly’s article and register for the conference, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Carnegie Library Building. Here’s a look at the full program about all things D.C.! About the Conference […]

Deco the Halls!

Have you seen a movie at the Uptown? Have you – or your kids or grandchildren –  taken a ride on the carousel at Glen Echo Park, or wondered about the low-lying, tiered, rounded entrance to the massive office building at 1100 New York Avenue NW? (If you haven’t yet, get thee to all three […]

Hand Over Washington History

Have you ever walked by the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square and wondered about the massive hand sculpture that sits just outside the building? Artist Jim Fauntleroy was paid $1,800 to create the piece in 1968; according to a Washington Post interview conducted the same year, he “started with the fingers and it was kind […]

Washington Blade and the Cafriz Foundation Receive Making D.C. History Awards

On November 5, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. presented the 2014 Making D.C. History Awards to the Washington Blade and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. The Blade’s inaugural 1969 issue represented a watershed moment in the history of Washington D.C.’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities that it has continued to serve for […]

Crowds Surge for HSW-Smithsonian Treasures Program

Crowds Surge for HSW-Smithsonian Treasures Program

On November 8th and 9th, the Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution hosted  “Save Our African American Treasures,” a program initiative of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). While the final tally isn’t yet available, estimates indicate that at least five hundred people turned out for the two-day event. The “Save […]

Backstage: Hats Off to the White Gloves Gang!

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 […]