Posts by Laura Barry

National Adoption Day

National Adoption Day is a relatively new holiday celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It began in 2000 as a day encouraging adoption finalizations and to raise awareness of the children in the foster care system still waiting for permanent homes. To highlight D.C.’s own history with adoption we chose our German Orphan Home of the […]

Local Inspiration for National Novel Writing Month – E.D.E.N. Southworth

Writer and Washingtonian E.D.E.N. (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte) Southworth (1819-1899) epitomized the “self-made” American ideal. After her husband abandoned the family Southworth returned to her D.C. hometown to make a living as a teacher. She began writing what today would be deemed “potboiler” novels to supplement her salary and in 1857 Southworth signed a lucrative […]

For the Record: Picturing D.C. to open at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s annual juried exhibit For the Record (Nov. 9, 2017 to March 2018) documents D.C.’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists. The exhibit will be presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Foggy Bottom while the Historical Society awaits the […]

Celebrating the Godfather of Go Go Chuck Brown

By Izetta Autumn Mobley | Born August 22, 1936, the “godfather” of Go Go music, Chuck Brown, would have been 81 years old this Tuesday. Brown’s drum-infused, polyrhythmic, call and response anchored music, put D.C.’s unique cultural style on the map. Brown’s first album We the People, was released with The Soul Searchers in 1972. Six years later, […]

On the Anniversary of the 19th Amendment – The Legacy of Delta Sigma Theta

The elective franchise is withheld from one half of its citizens…because the word ‘people,’ by an unparalleled exhibition of lexicon graphical acrobatics, has been turned and twisted to mean all who were shrewd and wise enough to have themselves born boys instead of girls, or who took the trouble to be born white instead of […]

“Many Voices: One Nation” Brings Together Diverse Storytelling with Collaboration of Local Institutions

Many Voices: One Nation, which opened at the National Museum of American History on June 28, 2017, aims to explore the questions of equality, belonging, and freedom that are encompassed by E Pluribus Unum. From past to present it unpacks how individuals have negotiated their place in the community and how that activity – in […]

Exhibit of Vintage D.C. Postcards feature Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Collections

Exhibit of Vintage D.C. Postcards feature Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Collections

On Monday, July 17, 2017 the American Institute of Architects, DC (AIA|DC) held their reception for Wish You Were Here: Vintage Postcards of Washington, D.C. which opened at their District Architecture Center. The exhibit takes visitors on a visual journey through the Washington, D.C. of yesteryear using early-to-mid 20th century postcards. This exploration is comprised of […]

Plans for Restoration of the Historic Carnegie Library Underway: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and D.C. Public Library Special Collections on Hiatus

Plans for Restoration of the Historic Carnegie Library Underway: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and D.C. Public Library Special Collections on Hiatus

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. offices, research services, and exhibits will go on hiatus at the end of the day on Friday, July 7. Also, the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections-Washingtoniana services located at the Historical Society will close to plan and prepare for the restoration of the Carnegie Library. Services will resume in the early fall […]

The Fourth of July in the Nation’s Capital

    The Fourth of July – the date that the Second Continental Congress approved the final wording of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence – is a well known date in our nation’s history.[1] How we began to celebrate and commemorate the fourth of July – and all the dates attached to the colonies declaring independence […]

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

By Tanvi Misra | The Atlantic City Lab, May 30, 2017 Read Tanvi Misra’s article here.