Online Exhibitions

The Historical Society offers a variety of online exhibits that highlight the rich offerings of our collections. To learn more about the materials and subjects in our online exhibits visit our Kiplinger Research Library.


   Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW

The Society is delighted to present Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s 188-year history. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes.

The online exhibit explores the history behind the collection and features images not currently on display.



   The Bulldozer and the Rose

A recreation of Garnet W. Jex's slide presentation, using his original script and images, chronicling the destruction of old Southwest Washington as it was being demolished for redevelopment between 1958 and 1964.

Note: PDF file (6MB). To download this presentation, right-click on the link and select "Save Target As" on Internet Explorer or "Save Link As" on Firefox.



   Lincoln's Washington

Created to honor the bicentennial of the President's birth, "Lincoln's Washington," explores the city of Washington as Abraham Lincoln would have experienced it, and provides glimpses into city life during the Civil War.  All of the images in the exhibit are from the Historical Society's photograph collections.


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