Online Exhibits

The Historical Society also offers online exhibits that highlight a portion of our collections. To learn more about the materials and subjects in our online exhibits visit the Kiplinger Research Library.


Discover D.C. History

historyITDiscover D.C. History, an online platform of digital collections, currently contains approximately 900 items from the public collections of the Historical Society. The current site was made possible with the support of a City Fund grant to initiate the digitization of the Society’s vast collections and make them available in a meaningful, appealing way to the general public. As we continue to grow our digital collections, this space will expand and provide more opportunities to interact with the rich history in our archives.

There are other digital collections about Washington, D.C. history from various repositories that are available online.


Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at the Historical Society

window2washThe Historical Society is pleased to present Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s history. 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 online exhibit explores the history behind the collection and features images not currently on display.


The Bulldozer and the Rose

bulldozerA recreation of Garnet W. Jex’s slide presentation, using his original script and images, chronicling the destruction of old Southwest Washington as it was being demolished for redevelopment between 1958 and 1964.

Note: PDF file (6MB). To download this presentation, right-click on the link and select “Save Link As”.


Lincoln’s Washington
Created to honor the bicentennial of the President’s birth, “Lincoln’s Washington,” explores the city of Washington as Abraham Lincoln would have experienced it, and provides glimpses into city life during the Civil War.  All of the images in the exhibit are from the Historical Society’s photograph collections.