Exhibit of Vintage D.C. Postcards feature Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Collections

Exhibit of Vintage D.C. Postcards feature Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Collections

On Monday, July 17, 2017 the American Institute of Architects, DC (AIA|DC) held their reception for Wish You Were Here: Vintage Postcards of Washington, D.C. which opened at their District Architecture Center. The exhibit takes visitors on a visual journey through the Washington, D.C. of yesteryear using early-to-mid 20th century postcards. This exploration is comprised of […]

Plans for Restoration of the Historic Carnegie Library Underway: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and D.C. Public Library Special Collections on Hiatus

Plans for Restoration of the Historic Carnegie Library Underway: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and D.C. Public Library Special Collections on Hiatus

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. offices, research services, and exhibits in addition to the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections-Washingtoniana services, will go on hiatus at the end of the day on Friday, July 7 in order to plan and prepare for the restoration of the Carnegie Library. Services will resume in the early fall […]

The Fourth of July in the Nation’s Capital

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    The Fourth of July – the date that the Second Continental Congress approved the final wording of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence – is a well known date in our nation’s history.[1] How we began to celebrate and commemorate the fourth of July – and all the dates attached to the colonies declaring independence […]

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

By Tanvi Misra | The Atlantic City Lab, May 30, 2017 Read Tanvi Misra’s article here.

Exploring the William G. Newton Pencil Sketches

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“Mercury at 10th & D.” Sketch by Thomas G. Newton, c.1859-1877. The William G. Newton Pencil Sketches collection, comprising 217 pencil sketches and the occasional watercolor, was donated to the Historical Society in 1950 upon the death of the artist, and preliminarily cataloged in 2003. Thanks to the amazing efforts of Spring 2017 interns Michael […]

Welcome, Washingtoniana!

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is thrilled to welcome staff and collections from the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library to the Kiplinger Research Library! It’s a homecoming of sorts – when the Washingtoniana Division was founded in 1905, DCPL was headquartered here in the historic Carnegie Library, and remained until the Martin […]

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. historian, Jane Levey, highlights the significance of D.C.’s Old Post Office

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. historian, Jane Levey, highlights the significance of D.C.’s Old Post Office

Jenna Lee Gets Exclusive Tour of Old Post Office Clock Tower Happening Now | Fox News Insider, April 21, 2017. Watch the interview with Jane Levey and the tour from Fox News Insider. 

GoFundMe Campaign: Historical Society Needs Some Modern Help to Preserve the Past

GoFundMe Campaign: Historical Society Needs Some Modern Help to Preserve the Past

By Rachel Kurzius | DCist, April 12, 2017 Read Rachel Kurzius’ article.

The Forgotten History of U Street

The Forgotten History of U Street

Vintage photos of Black Broadway, the hub of commercial, intellectual, and cultural life for African Americans in D.C. from the 1920s to the 1950s. By Briana Thomas | Washingtonian Magazine, February 12, 2017 Read Briana Thomas’ article.

Kiplinger Research Library Resumes Full Services

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After a four-month-long hiatus in library services due to unexpected building maintenance requiring the relocation of staff from the Carnegie Library building, we are thrilled to announce that full library services are now available as of the end of January 2017. Requests to research among the extensive collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. […]

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