Current Exhibits

The Historical Society offers exhibits that explore the history of Washington, D.C. The Small-Alper Gallery and the T. Roosevelt Studio are located on the second floor of the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. All exhibits are self-guided and open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.  Please see Plan Your Visit for more information. Guided group tours are also available by appointment. Access to the the Kiplinger Research Library is by prior appointment.


For the Record: Changing D.C.
April 15 – July 16, 2016
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. The Historical Society aims to continue the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record is an annual juried exhibit of artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape.


spandorfFor the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf
November 21, 2015 – Summer 2016
The George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum
Museum Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Friday: 11:30 AM–6:30 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM–5 PM; Sunday: 1–5 PM; Closed Tuesday and university holidays.

Admission: Free for Historical Society members, GWU museum members, children, and current GW students, faculty, and staff; $8 suggested donation for non-members.

This exhibition—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.—explores the artwork of Austrian-born watercolorist and journalist Lily Spandorf (1914-2000). Working with pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache, Spandorf became known for the news illustrations she created for the Washington Star, the Christian Science Monitor, and Washington Post, among many other periodicals. Late in her career she became celebrated for passionately recording the transformation of Washington, D.C.’s urban landscape, especially the many red-brick, late-19th-century buildings facing demolition, being demolished, or whose historical contexts were erased for modern construction.

The Society's permanent exhibit traces the evolution of the built environment of the District of Columbia. Window to Washington

The Historical Society is delighted to present its permanent exhibit, Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Washington Collection. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes. The exhibit includes some of the collection’s rarest and most iconic artworks and features rotating pieces from other holdings.


Upcoming Events

Mar 09

DC Oral History Collaborative Community Meeting

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Mar 26

Palisades Photo Walk

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$20.00 - $30.00