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New Web Site for Historical Society

HSW Launches Web Site at

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 to a new address at All email addresses for the staff will change to, 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!

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.

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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

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report I

hsw_201407_cps_langley1973The Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114) consists of several thousand oversized photographs of local business, organization, school, political, and other groups in locally significant settings, both indoors and outdoors, from 1957 to 2000.  HSW interns have been hard at work towards making this collection accessible for researchers; this is Part I of a series of posts regarding their efforts. Learn More