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.
A docent-lead tour of our permanent exhibit, Window to Washington, provides a captivating overview of the development of the District’s built environment. While the exhibit is open to the public for self-guided tours, groups larger than five benefit from arranging a docent-led experience.
In order to provide an enriching experience and to ensure that we can accommodate your particular group on a given day, those interested in arranging group tours should contact email@example.com with as much notice as possible, indicating the group’s size, particular interest, age or grade level if appropriate, and your requested tour date and time. We will then coordinate with our roster of volunteer docents and do our best to accommodate all requests.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
House History Workshops
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 email@example.com for information on pricing and scheduling.