Posts by John Suau

Local History Comes Alive During 4-Day Annual Conference

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“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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

On This Day: Columbia Heights on October 3, 1949

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Columbia Heights was a very different place 65 years ago, but the view of the National Baptist Memorial Church near 16th and Harvard Streets NW hasn’t changed all that much. Love the 1940s buses streetcars and taxicab!

Return of the D.C. History Minute

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The Historical Society produced a series of 60-second features in 2008 titled “D.C. History Minute.” Originally an audio-only presentation,  these fantastic resources on the D.C. area’s people and places are currently being updated, enhanced with new images, and being re-released on the Historical Society’s YouTube channel. In the first of these revamped segments, historian C.R. […]

Smithsonian and HSW to Present “Save Our African American Treasures” Nov. 8 & 9

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) will co-host a day-long program to help residents in the District, Maryland and Virginia area identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in their attics, closets, basements and garages. The event will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

The program will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 9, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, located at 801 K Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. Free and open to the public, the event is called “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.” It is the 16th in a series held across the country since 2008. All are welcome.

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