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October 2017

Library Resources Workshop: Intro to House History

October 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, 20001
Free

Join staff from the Historical Society and the DCPL’s Washingtoniana Division in the interim Reading Room at the Newseum for an introduction to resources available for discovering the history of houses and other buildings here in D.C.!The workshop is an opportunity to learn about the information you can glean through microfilm resources (including city directories and tax assessment records), digital resources (such as the building permits database and related History Quest platform), and hands-on access to real estate atlases.Advanced registration…

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Library Resources Workshop: Design Inspiration from the Archives

October 17, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, 20001
Free

Join staff from the Historical Society and the DCPL’s Washingtoniana Division in the interim Reading Room at the Newseum for a workshop designed to inspire creative re-use of historical material.The collections are a goldmine for design inspiration. In this workshop we'll share a range of selections, from Victorian dance cards to mid-century modern government docs, punk rock posters to 1940s restaurant menus, gold-inlaid bindings to mod fashions in the Star collections. Let the typography and ornament inspire your next creative project!Advanced registration is required…

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2017 Tour of Historic Seneca Maryland

October 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Seneca Seneca, MD 20874 United States

Knight Kiplinger welcomes the Historical Society to his home, Montevideo, for this exclusive tour. And joining us for the day is historian Garrett Peck, author of The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry and The Potomac River: A History and Guide.In the 19th century, Montgomery County, Maryland was the key “breadbasket” for the nation’s young capital, providing food and raw materials for the growing city from its abundant farms. Many of those products flowed from the west into Washington along the…

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November 2017

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital

November 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Chis Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian African American Museum team up to launch Chocolate City, a comprehensive new history of Washington, D.C., that Kirkus Review calls, "Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion." Chocolate City (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the intersection of race, culture, and politics in D.C. Co-author Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History, is an instructor at Colby College. His first book,…

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44th Annual Conference on D.C. History

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - November 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm EDT
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
Free

Echo & Resonance: 1968 The 2017 conference examines the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1968. The conference sessions will explore 1968 and the civil unrest as a pivotal moment in the history of the District, the history of activism in the area, and the dynamics race, politics, governance, and history played in the events. How does 1968 resonate today? LEARN MORE About the Conference The 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History is a collaboration between The George Washington…

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Opening Reception

November 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. for the opening of For the Record: Picturing D.C.

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