Posts in category News & Events

Spandorf Exhibit Program Schedule

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Collaboration’s the name of the game: On November 21st, For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf—presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.—opened its doors. And in addition to the exhibit itself, both partners are pleased to announce a full […]

Personal Archiving: Digital Photography Workshops

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. counts many magnificent personal photograph albums among the collections, documenting the up-close-and-personal of D.C. residents as well as tourists through the years. And while print albums come with their own slew of preservation concerns, in some ways they’re easier to deal with than the mountain of digital files that are currently […]

reVISION / reVIEW Exhibit Programming Schedule Launched

On September 23rd the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., opened a new exhibition,  reVISION: THINKING BIG and reVIEW: Looking Back. (For images from opening night, check us out on Facebook). And on Tuesday September 29th, exhibit programming kicks off with a look at bygone Washington through the resources of the Kiplinger Research Library! Join the […]

Help Needed! Volunteer Opportunities Available

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has a busy fall ahead and we need volunteers to help us! Through serving as docents for the permanent exhibit, staffing programs, providing reference services, processing collections, and performing administrative activities, the countless hours contributed by members and other volunteers are critical to the continued success of the Historical Society’s mission. […]

Full House for House History Workshops

City directories reveal the names, occupations, and sometimes race of previous inhabitants of District residences. Who lived in your house?

The Kiplinger Research Library hosted nearly sixty new and veteran researchers on August 15 as part of the DC Community Heritage Project House History Day workshops.  As with the April workshops, which were held in the Washingtoniana Division at the D.C. Public Library, participants in the August event were introduced to resources for learning about […]

Tip of the CAP: The Great Rehousing Project

The Ephemera Collection has been stored in filing cabinets for years. The CAP report recommended rehousing the entire collection.

The Society applied for and was thrilled to receive a 2014 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant. This is Part IV of a series of posts regarding the CAP assessment. (Here are Part I, Part II, and Part III).  One of the recommendations made in the report was the rehousing of the Ephemera Collection. We’re so […]

“Investigating Where We Live” Exhibit Opening

Participants in the IWWL program used images from the Historical Society's permanent collection to explore the dual nature of photography as both documentary and art.

For the third year running, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. collaborated with the National Building Museum’s Investigating Where We Live (IWWL) program; after five weeks of research and exploration, the program’s culminating product – a year-long exhibit curated, designed and installed by local teens –  opens with a reception Friday evening July 24th at […]

Chinese Educators Visit Historical Society

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. was pleased to welcome more than twenty English teachers from China earlier this month, through a program hosted by Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education & Development. As part of the enrichment program, the teachers are spending the summer exploring American culture and history through various field trips. The […]

Historical Society Welcomes University Summer Students

Dr. Laura Schiavo's Museum Studies course from The George Washington University explored lost Washington using the James M. Goode Slide Collection.

School may be almost out for summer – but in the weeks before the semester ended nearly 50 students spent time among the collections here at Historical Society of Washington, D.C. In addition to individual research visits over the last two weeks, class groups included both graduate and undergraduates from the Corcoran School of Arts […]

Making D.C. History Awards Season Launched

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It’s late spring, a glorious time to be in Washington. But the season we’re really celebrating kicked off on May 27th, with the presentation of the Visionary Historian award to Dr. James M. Goode! Presented by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the award is presented to an individual whose lifetime body of work represents […]