Posts tagged collections

HSW@MoMA

At the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. it’s always thrilling to see how researchers – academics, artists, architects, writers, house history buffs and hobbyists alike – make use of the collections that the Society holds in trust for the public. The reference staff, along with our incredible cast of volunteers and interns, love holding hot-off-the-press […]

For the Record Exhibit Opens April 22

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s juried competition and exhibition, “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, opens April 22 in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. This exciting new program preserves scenes of the District’s changing cityscape. The 75 winning artworks feature places such as the McMillan Sand Filtration site, historic Anacostia, the Carnegie […]

Historical Society Artifacts Now On Exhibit at the Smithsonian

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is proud to have several pieces from its collection on loan to the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, including archaeological artifacts, ephemera, a family bible, and more, as part of the Museum’s new exhibit.  Opening on Monday February 2, How the Civil War Changed Washington, “focuses on the social and […]

Historical Society Receives City Fund Grant to Initiate Digital Collections Project

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region awarded the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. a grant from the City Fund to help begin digitizing its collections. The grant funds the creation of a plan to digitize many of the organization’s historic collections and begin the digitization process. The Historical Society, founded in 1894, has […]

Backstage: The Down Side of Framing

Backstage is an occasional series covering the behind-the-scenes actions that are part of collections care. We’ll delve into the decisions regarding rehousing collections of all kinds, and explore different methods of collections processing, from manuscripts to panoramic photographs to ephemera. We’ll tackle the tug of war between preservation concerns, the commitment to access for researchers […]

Deco the Halls!

Have you seen a movie at the Uptown? Have you – or your kids or grandchildren –  taken a ride on the carousel at Glen Echo Park, or wondered about the low-lying, tiered, rounded entrance to the massive office building at 1100 New York Avenue NW? (If you haven’t yet, get thee to all three […]

Crowds Surge for HSW-Smithsonian Treasures Program

Crowds Surge for HSW-Smithsonian Treasures Program

On November 8th and 9th, the Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution hosted  “Save Our African American Treasures,” a program initiative of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). While the final tally isn’t yet available, estimates indicate that at least five hundred people turned out for the two-day event. The “Save […]

HSW and Partners to Capture D.C.’s Changing Landscape Through Art

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) announces the launch of “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, a new program to capture and preserve scenes of the District’s built environment. Co-sponsors include the DC Preservation League, the Capitol Hill Art League, and the National Building Museum. The initiative seeks submissions of paintings and photography for […]

HSW Hosts Guild of Professional Tour Guides

HSW Hosts Guild of Professional Tour Guides

On September 9, the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C., held their monthly meeting at the Historical Society’s headquarters.  Members of the organization, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015,  are licensed tour guides who complete a professional development program consisting of guiding skills;  technique training; a written test; and practical assessment, […]

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

The Washington Post, via “John Kelly’s Washington,”  recently featured William DeCosta, a retired local librarian who has compiled several indices which he subsequently donated to the Society. The latest donation, “Hoboes and Tramps in the 1890s,” is available on microfilm (MS 0798) and as well as an abridged printed version (P 5168).