Workshops & Tours

Community groups, high school classes, and university students from D.C. and around the country visit the Society to learn about Washington and experience a hands-on approach to historical research. These interactive orientations teach universally applicable research skills to encourage life-long learning.

Group Visits

Library Orientations & Research Sessions

House History Workshops

Library and Research Orientations

Library orientations can be customized to focus on a particular topic or reach a certain age or interest group.

Library orientations can be customized to focus on a particular topic or reach a certain age or interest group.

Hands-on orientations with special collections provide a deeper experience for school and neighborhood groups.

While staff has developed a general orientation, with enough lead time we can arrange to have particularly relevant materials from our unique collections ready to explore. Beyond class syllabi, please browse our research guides for topical suggestions. To arrange a customized workshop on behalf of a school group, please contact library@dchistory.org for information on scheduling and pricing, indicating the group’s size, particular interest, age or grade level if appropriate, and your requested orientation date and time. Visits may be combined with a docent-led exhibit tour.

Please note, as the reading room is closed to individual researchers during group visits, the staff accommodates these requests based on the current appointment calendar and available resources.

House History Workshops

Workshop participants use city directories to trace build occupants through the years.

Workshop participants use city directories to trace building occupants through the years.

The Society hosts House History Workshops to teach locals how to research the histories of their own homes and other properties around the city. The Society’s collection of photographs, real estate atlases, city directories, professional house histories, and other resources help researchers connect with their homes,  their neighborhoods, and the city as a whole.

Free workshops are offered twice a year in partnership with the D.C. Public Library and the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

To arrange a customized workshop on behalf of a community group, please contact library@dchistory.org for information on pricing and scheduling.

Upcoming Events

Aug 05
Sep 23

Bridges of Washington by Boat

September 23 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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Sep 28

Making D.C. History Awards 2017

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT