Library Workshops

The Society makes history easily accessible to encourage new generations of historians. Community groups, high school classes, and university students from D.C. and around the country visit the Society to learn about Washington and experience a hands-on approach to historical research. These interactive orientations teach universally applicable research skills to encourage life-long learning.

School and Neighborhood Groups

Most visits begin with a docent-lead tour of our current exhibition, Window to Washington. Beyond simply viewing the exhibitions, individuals also have the opportunity to explore materials from the Society’s special collections.

If your organization or class is interested in a particular topic in D.C. history, please let us know so that we can have relevant materials from our unique collections ready to explore. For more information or to library orientation, please contact us at or 202-249-3954.

House History Workshops

HSW hosts House History Workshops to teach how to research the history of their own home and other properties. The Society’s collection of extensive photo archives, real estate atlases, city directories, professional house histories, and other resources help researchers connect with their homes and neighborhoods regardless of how long they have lived in the city.
Workshops are often offered in partnership with the D.C. Public Library and the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.


University students visit HSW as part of the Washington Academic Internship Program

Students from SEED Public Charter School in Ward 7 research their neighborhoods

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