Posts in category HSW in the News

Graduate Class Explores Role of Cultural Heritage Institutions

Graduate students taking History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions at Catholic University got a crash course in D.C. history as reflected in manuscript, object and photograph collections at the Historical Society.

Unlike many of the student visits to the Historical Society, the activities designed and collections pulled for a recent visit by graduate students in Catholic University’s “History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions” were not chosen for their subject content, as the students weren’t researching a particular topic, neighborhood or time period. Rather, the orientation […]

HSW@MoMA

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At the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. it’s always thrilling to see how researchers – academics, artists, architects, writers, house history buffs and hobbyists alike – make use of the collections that the Society holds in trust for the public. The reference staff, along with our incredible cast of volunteers and interns, love holding hot-off-the-press […]

At Two New Exhibits, Differing Takes on D.C.’s Development Boom

At Two New Exhibits, Differing Takes on D.C.’s Development Boom

By Arielle Milkman | DCist, April 23, 2015 Read Arielle Milkman’s article.

So Where Did D.C. Get Its Street Names?

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Most of Washington’s streets are named with the well-known alpha-numeric system with diagonal avenues named for states. But what about the street names outside the alphabetic grid? Where did they get their names? The Historical Society answers your question in the Washington City Paper‘s Answer Issue. Learn about D.C.’s street names and other often-asked questions about […]

D.C. Historical Studies Conference Preview from John Kelly

The Washington Post previewed the 41st annual conference on D.C Historical Studies. Join us!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Media Mention: BBC Quotes Washington History Managing Editor

Media Mention: BBC Quotes Washington History Managing Editor

The BBC News quoted Washington History managing editor Jane Freundel Levey in a recent piece, “Washington, D.C. from murder capital to boomtown.” Reporter Aidan Lewis spent several days this spring and summer at the Kiplinger Research Library and worked extensively with Research Services Librarian Laura Barry in gathering background material for the article.

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

The Washington Post, via “John Kelly’s Washington,”  recently featured William DeCosta, a retired local librarian who has compiled several indices which he subsequently donated to the Society. The latest donation, “Hoboes and Tramps in the 1890s,” is available on microfilm (MS 0798) and as well as an abridged printed version (P 5168). 

Media Mention: Washingtonian Magazine Highlights HSW Resources

Media Mention: Washingtonian Magazine Highlights HSW Resources

 “Open House,” a blog initiative of Washingtonian Magazine, recently highlighted local repositories which help homeowners and other researchers uncover the histories of the District’s buildings. The post, “How to Uncover Your Home’s History,” by Maddy Berner, mentions the Society’s house history workshops (next up: August 23rd’s collaboration with the Humanities Council and the D.C. Public […]