Posts in category Reference Services

Collections on the Move

In preparation for the September 19th, 2017 re-opening of research services at the Historical Society’s interim home in the Newseum, here’s a little behind-the-scenes peek at just some of the steps that went into preparing the collection for a temporary move from the Carnegie Library. It’s also a gratitude shout-out. The relocation would not have […]

Welcome, Washingtoniana!

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 […]

Kiplinger Research Library Resumes Full Services

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. […]

Hands On Learning at the Historical Society

Hands On Learning at the Historical Society

The beginning of the traditional summer break is a great time to look back at the at the educational programming the Historical Society of Washington, D.C, has provided this past year to elementary, high school and college students. Thanks to incredible support from a private foundation, a 150-year-old civic organization, and individual donors, it has […]

A little bit of this, a little bit of THAT

THAT Summer, led by educators Patrick Cronin and Thomas Neville, is a collaborative initiative that integrates the humanities and technology. This summer’s iteration builds on existing archival materials, available at local repositories such as the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., to create an original digital humanities research project about the April 1968, Riots. The participants, […]

“Investigating Where We Live” Exhibit Opening

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 […]

Historical Society Welcomes University Summer Students

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 […]

SEED Students Take on National History Day

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week! Yesterday and today we’re posting about local teachers who champion the humanities in general and D.C. history specifically by partnering with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Teacher Bill Stevens, who has long brought his students to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., this year required his juniors and seniors […]

Third Grade Historians Take Historical Society by Storm

Third Grade Historians Take Historical Society by Storm

Fifty students, thirteen adults, three activities, one special collections library: For a day in March, the Kiplinger Research Library transformed into an expeditionary classroom as Two Rivers Public Charter School students received a hands-on introduction to circa 1850-1900 Washington, D.C. While the Historical Society hosts high school and college classes for orientations and research sessions, […]

Front of House: How May We Help?

Front of House is an occasional series where we’ll highlight some of the public services provided by the staff and volunteers of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., as well as post about the eternal quest to fulfill reference queries that have us intrigued, delighted – or, in some cases, stumped. We’re kicking off this […]