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Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Will Reopen at the Newseum

On Saturday and Sunday November 8-9, the final installment of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture's "Save Our African American Treasures," program was held in partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. at the Carnegie Library building.

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2017: Today the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. announces it will reopen to the public on September 19, 2017 at its temporary location in the Newseum. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, the Newseum will serve as the home to the Historical Society’s library and collections during the next 12 to […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

D.C. History Moments at NMAAHC: Historical Society Staff Attend Behind-the-Scenes Preview

D.C. History Moments at NMAAHC: Historical Society Staff Attend Behind-the-Scenes Preview

To prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the museum hosted a behind-the-scenes preview on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The long anticipated opening of NMAAHC will be the Smithsonian Institution’s 19th museum. The Historical Society was honored to participate in to NMAAHC’s media preview; below are images from our […]

Photo Walks Launch D.C. Documentary Efforts This Fall as Part of Street Photography Series

Photo Walks Launch D.C. Documentary Efforts This Fall as Part of Street Photography Series

This Fall the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will be offering a slate of photo walks as part the Street Photography Series – an effort to encourage active documentation of Washington, D.C. in each of its eight wards. Run as workshops, the photo walks emphasize skills relating to historic documentation, photography and painting while learning about […]