Posts by Laura Barry

Celebrating the Godfather of Go Go Chuck Brown

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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

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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

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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

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    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.

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. historian, Jane Levey, highlights the significance of D.C.’s Old Post Office

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. historian, Jane Levey, highlights the significance of D.C.’s Old Post Office

Jenna Lee Gets Exclusive Tour of Old Post Office Clock Tower Happening Now | Fox News Insider, April 21, 2017. Watch the interview with Jane Levey and the tour from Fox News Insider. 

GoFundMe Campaign: Historical Society Needs Some Modern Help to Preserve the Past

GoFundMe Campaign: Historical Society Needs Some Modern Help to Preserve the Past

By Rachel Kurzius | DCist, April 12, 2017 Read Rachel Kurzius’ article.

The Forgotten History of U Street

The Forgotten History of U Street

Vintage photos of Black Broadway, the hub of commercial, intellectual, and cultural life for African Americans in D.C. from the 1920s to the 1950s. By Briana Thomas | Washingtonian Magazine, February 12, 2017 Read Briana Thomas’ article.

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