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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information on pricing and scheduling.