Exploring the William G. Newton Pencil Sketches

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“Mercury at 10th & D.” Sketch by Thomas G. Newton, c.1859-1877. The William G. Newton Pencil Sketches collection, comprising 217 pencil sketches and the occasional watercolor, was donated to the Historical Society in 1950 upon the death of the artist, and preliminarily cataloged in 2003. Thanks to the amazing efforts of Spring 2017 interns Michael […]

Welcome, Washingtoniana!

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is thrilled to welcome staff and collections from the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library to the Kiplinger Research Library! It’s a homecoming of sorts – when the Washingtoniana Division was founded in 1905, DCPL was headquartered here in the historic Carnegie Library, and remained until the Martin […]

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.

Kiplinger Research Library Resumes Full Services

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After a four-month-long hiatus in library services due to unexpected building maintenance requiring the relocation of staff from the Carnegie Library building, we are thrilled to announce that full library services are now available as of the end of January 2017. Requests to research among the extensive collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. […]

2016 Wrap-up, 2017 Lift-Off!

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While library services were on hiatus this past fall and as limited services returned at the beginning of the new year, the small but mighty Historical Society staff were far from idle.  Aided by incredible colleagues at partner institutions such as the National Building Museum, the Newseum, The George Washington University Museum – The Textile […]

Three Decades of Polaroids Show Vanishing D.C. Architecture

Three Decades of Polaroids Show Vanishing D.C. Architecture

By Mark Segraves | NBC4, January 11, 2017 Read Mark Segraves’ Article

District II: Photographing Change in the Nation’s Capital

District II: Photographing Change in the Nation’s Capital

On the Kojo Nnamdi Show | Aired Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Listen to this edition of the Kojo Nnamdi Show 

Best Photo Exhibits of 2016

Best Photo Exhibits of 2016

By Louis Jacobson | Washington City Paper, December 28, 2016 Read Louis Jacobson’s article.    

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Shepherd Park Photo Walk

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