The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Date: Tuesday August 12.
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Maximum Number of Participants: 20

Pre-registration required.

Contact Information:
Anne McDonough, Collections Manager

Description of Tour:
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is a community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation's capital. Founded in 1894, it serves a diverse audience through its collections, public programs, exhibitions, and publications.

Washington is known throughout the world as a monumental federal city. Less well-known are the stories of Washington's many diverse and vibrant communities. The Society helps make this local history easily accessible to the public to promote a sense of identity, place, and pride in Washington and to preserve this heritage for future generations.

The visit will begin with a tour of the Kiplinger Research Library. Staying at the Marriott Wardman Park during the conference? We’ll explore developer Harry Wardman’s widespread influence on Washington’s built environment. Taking in a Nats game while you’re in town? Learn about Washington’s original National Baseball Club, circa 1865! Delve into these and other stories of the city’s neighborhoods and unique local history through highlights from the manuscript, photograph, map and ephemera collections.

We’ll conclude with a docent-led tour of Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The Society’s permanent exhibit traces the full spectrum of the development of Washington, D.C. from the pre-L’Enfant era through its establishment as a modern metropolis, as told through the works of cartographers, photographers, painters and other artists who witnessed the city’s changes. To mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, the exhibit also includes a special section on the War of 1812.

Carnegie Library Building at Mt. Vernon Square
801 K Street NW

Closest Metro and/or Metrobus:
The main entrance is within three blocks of the Mt. Vernon Square metro stop (Green/Yellow lines) and the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop (Red/Green/Yellow lines). It’s .6 miles from the Metro Center metro stop but still an easy walk (Blue/Orange/Red lines).

Please gather at the main entrance of the Carnegie Library building at 10am. Please note, those with mobility concerns are encouraged to contact the tour’s host so we can meet you at the most accessible entrance; while the building is ADA-accessible, the main entrance is up a flight of stairs.

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