Since its founding in 1894, the Historical Society has published books, scholarly journals, and other content about the people and events in the city’s past and present. Print Media Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones joined the program as a surprise special guest. Between 1897 and 1988, the Historical Society published Records of the Columbia Historical Society; these archives are available in the Kiplinger Research Library and on JSTOR. A list of the tables of contents for all volumes is available online.

Its successor, Washington History, is the only scholarly journal devoted exclusively to the history of our nation’s capital. Washington History is filled with scholarly articles, reviews, and a rich array of images and is written and edited by distinguished historians and journalists. Click here for more on Washington History. Each year, the Historical Society publishes two issues of Washington History. All individuals and families at the “Annual Member” level receive copies by mail as part of their member benefits. Copies of recent and past issues are available for purchase online through the Historical Society’s Online Store and

Digital and Social Media DiscoverDCHistorySince 2007 the Historical Society has published content via digital media: this website,, the digital portal Discover D.C. History where high-resolution images  support online stories of D.C. history, and the Online Catalog of Historical Society collections. Today the Historical Society also delivers free content related to Washington, D.C. history via FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Other Publications

  • Washington Images : Rare Maps and Prints from the Albert H. Small Collection (2004), by James M. Goode and Laura Schiavo.
  • Adolf Cluss, Architect: From Germany to America (2005), by Alan Lessoff and Christof Mauch.
  • Growing Up in Washington, D. C.: An Oral History (2001), Jill Connors, ed.