DC Public Library

Date:  Tuesday, August 12, and/or Wednesday, August 13
Time: 10:00 AM
Minimum Number of Participants:  5
Maximum Number of Participants: 15

Pre-registration required.

Contact Information:
Mark S. Greek, CA, Photo Archivist

Description of Tour:
Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Collection. The tour will of course allow you to see some of our more treasured items but you will also hear about our experience following the 2007 fire our Georgetown location, which houses the Peabody Room, a large neighborhood history collection. Lastly you will hear about our plans for the collection as we prepare for a major building renovation and temporary relocation.

The Washingtoniana Collection was established in 1905 when Library Director, Dr. George F. Bowerman, had the foresight to start collecting books and articles about the local community. Washingtoniana houses an array of resources and materials from the late 18th century to the present, with a primary focus on the local city.  Since our meager beginnings, we have grown to be one of the largest local history collections housed in a public library. The collection consists of over 30,000 books, 8,000 maps 13,000 reels of microfilm, over 4,000 linear feet of archival materials and 1.5 million images.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW (on the Corner of 9th and G Streets)
Washington DC, 20001

Metered street parking only

Closest Metro and/or Metrobus: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station (Red, Green and Yellow Lines)

Library has a no large bag policy, so please don’t bring your suitcase

Tour participants should meet their guide in the Great Hall behind the welcome desk under the mural of Dr. King.

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