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We need your help this holiday season. Please support our work by making a year-end gift or renewing your membership .

Your probably know that the Historical Society maintains incredible collections of maps, photographs, artwork and objects but did you know that over the last year HSW:

Please make your year-end gift so that we can share more of Washington’s diverse history in 2015 and beyond.


  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


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

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