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December 2017

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

December 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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This is a special docent-led tour of the National Building Museum’s Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017.  Explore the complex history of the federal government’s pioneering mental health hospital. Learn about theories on how architecture was thought to affect treatment for mental illness. See the plans for the site’s use in the future. This exhibition features site models, patient artworks, treatment equipment, and other objects that illuminate the history and life of those who worked and lived on the campus.

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January 2018

Digital DC History 24/7

January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Free

This workshop is an introduction to online resources for D.C. history, from government databases to blogs and interactive maps. Learn the ins and outs of some of these detailed websites so that you can access D.C. history resources 24/7. Participants will receive an annotated list of over 50 free websites on D.C. History. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops in order to fully explore the resources at their own pace; there are limited desktop and laptop computers available in the…

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February 2018

Intro to House History

February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Free

This workshop is an introduction to resources about the history of houses and other buildings in Washington, D.C. The workshop provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about the information in microfilm resources (including city directories and tax assessment records), digital resources (such as the building permits database and related History Quest platform), and real estate atlases. Access to the reading room is via the Newseum’s Group Entrance on C Street (enter via C Street Group Entrance between 5th & 6th…

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March 2018

Design Inspiration from the Archives

March 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Free

This workshop is designed to spark creative re-use of historical material. The collections are a goldmine for design inspiration. In this workshop, attendees will gain inspiration from collections ranging from Victorian dance cards to mid-century modern government docs, punk rock posters to 1940s restaurant menus, gold-inlaid bindings to mod fashions. Let the typography and ornament inspire your next creative project! Access to the reading room is via the Newseum’s Group Entrance on C Street (enter via C Street Group Entrance between 5th & 6th…

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The Pilot District Project, 1968-1971

March 31, 2018 - October 1, 2018
National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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In 1968, the eyes of a troubled nation were focused on Washington, D.C. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ensuing widespread neighborhood destruction that followed in the district and nationwide, what would come next? Would D.C.’s political and community leaders rise to the occasion? A new exhibition organized in partnership with the National Building Museum as part of a city-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination and other historical events in 1968, the…

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April 2018

Intro to House History

April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Free

This workshop is an introduction to resources available for discovering the history of houses and other buildings here in D.C. This is an opportunity to learn about information found in microfilm resources (including city directories and tax assessment records), digital resources (such as the building permits database and related History Quest platform), and real estate atlases. Access to the reading room is via the Newseum’s Group Entrance on C Street (enter via C Street Group Entrance between 5th & 6th…

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