Education

Welcome to the Historical Society of Washington D.C.’s education programming page. We are creating some exciting programs that will connect D.C. students to our city’s rich history.

Investigating Where We Live
Investigating Where We Live is an annual program and exhibit of the National Building Museum that provides teens with the opportunity to present the public with their view of Washington, D.C. The Historical Society is a proud partner on this program. Using photographs, interviews, and observations, the teens create an exhibition that shares their exploration process. Each studio of teens creates an installation of a commemorative space to people, events, or issues they believe need to be highlighted and remembered. Since Investigating Where We Live began in 1996, over 500 teens have explored and interpreted neighborhoods across the District and created visual ways of expressing themselves.

Third-grade Students
We’re also working on getting D.C. history to younger learners! Through our partnership with American University, two teams of Public History graduate students will use the Historical Society’s collections to produce standards- and inquiry-based content that will challenge third grade students to think deeply about their environment.  Hands-on content and lessons will engage learners of all ages!

Professional Development Day
To continue boosting the content knowledge of D.C. educators, this Spring the Historical Society will be hosting 25 DC public school history educators for a professional development session.  We can’t wait to learn together!

Washington History
We encourage educators to use our fantastic biannual publication, Washington History.  Whether it’s used for a social studies classroom exploring D.C. history, as an accompanying text while studying literature or science, or for personal knowledge, Washington History provides authentic, relevant, and engaging informational text for schools committed to preparing their students to meet Common Core and D.C. content standards.

Join us as we embark upon new and exciting programs! Tell us about educators that are creating innovative D.C. history lessons, add to the scholarship by writing for Washington History, and help fund our programs so we can reach as many students as possible. Contact the Kiplinger Research Library at library@dchistory.org for more information.