For the third year running, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. collaborated with the National Building Museum’s Investigating Where We Live (IWWL) program; after five weeks of research and exploration, the program’s culminating product – a year-long exhibit curated, designed and installed by local teens – opens with a reception Friday evening July 24th at the NBM.
This year participants explored the District through the lens of its monuments, memorials, and commemorative spaces. Staff conducted several research sessions in the Kiplinger Research Library before the students joined in, grounding the entire program in historical research. Students visits included hands-on investigation with primary sources; behind-the-scenes exhibit experience, using For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. as a laboratory; and explored concepts of photography as both art and as a documentary resource.
Following the opening reception, “Investigating Where We Live: New Monuments Revealed” runs July 25, 2015 through June 5, 2016.