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Historical Society 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 the juried competition by February 1, 2015.

Continuing on its long tradition of collecting artworks that depict life in Washington, the Historical Society partnered with the DC Preservation League to develop its list of Most Endangered Places. That list will provide local artists with the subjects for art and photo submissions to a juried contest. The Capitol Hill Art League is helping guide the competition process. Learn more

Recipients of 2014
Making D.C. History Awards Announced

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) announced that the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Washington Blade newspaper will be the 2014 recipients of the group’s annual Making D.C. History Awards, which honors the people and organizations that have helped shape the nation’s capital. The awards ceremony will be held at the Society’s headquarters in the historic Carnegie Library on Wednesday, November 5. Learn more


 HSW Continues to Flourish at Carnegie Library Despite Cancellation of Spy Museum Plans

In response to today’s decision by Events DC and the International Spy Museum to cancel their plans for a relocation of the Spy Museum to Mt. Vernon Square, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) wishes to clarify that this will in no way affect the continuation of the Society’s current programming and public use of the Carnegie Library.

The Society looks forward to working with its main partner, Events DC, with our neighbors (old and new), and with the growing portfolio of community partners to create a new vision for Mt Vernon Square. Regardless of what the vision may include, the Society reaffirms to the local community that the Carnegie Library will continue to serve as home to its exhibit galleries, Kiplinger Research Library, historic collections, and offices well into the future. Learn more


New Web Site for Historical Society

HSW Launches Web Site at DCHistory.org

On October 1, 2014, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) begins a new chapter in its digital footprint. By launching a new web site, HSW is moving from historydc.org to a new address at DCHistory.org. All email addresses for the staff will change to DCHistory.org, as a part of the “move”.

The new site has been in development since early May and will enable HSW to be more user-friendly with a new blog that tracks activities in the Society’s library and galleries. The web pages will also help to keep our readers up-to-date on developments in D.C. history. Finally, the staff is working on a integrated solution for members to renew and access their membership records through the new website. Look for new details about our programs and services on the new site and welcome to DCHistory.org!

If you experience any difficulties using the site, please let us know and we will work to get any final bugs fixed as soon as possible.


HSW to Present “Save Our African American Treasures”

November 8 & 9, 2014

A2clThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) will co-host a day-long program to help residents in the District, Maryland and Virginia area identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in their attics, closets, basements and garages. The event will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

The program will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 9, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, located at 801 K Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. Free and open to the public, the event is called “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.” It is the 16th in a series held across the country since 2008. All are welcome. Learn more


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