Current Exhibits

The Historical Society offers exhibits that explore the architectural and social history of Washington, D.C. While the Carnegie Library building is undergoing restoration, Historical Society exhibits are being held at partner museums around the city.

For the Record (November  9, 2017 – March 2018)


The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s annual juried exhibit For the Record  documents D.C.’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists. The exhibit is presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Foggy Bottom.

Now in its third year, For the Record encourages artistic documentation of D.C.’s built environment. The exhibit provides exposure and recognition to local photographers and fine artists while raising funds to support the work of the Historical Society.

The 2017 exhibition, For the Record: Picturing D.C., features 44 works capturing and interpreting eight neighborhoods, one in each of the city’s wards. The 25 artists chose among Howard Town/Pleasant Plains, Burleith/Georgetown, Palisades, Shepherd Park, Ivy City, Buzzard Point, Kenilworth, and Congress Heights.

Since 2014, the Historical Society’s “For the Record” program and exhibition has continued the tradition of capturing visual documentation of Washington’s built environment.