House History Day

HumanitiesDC is proud to present House History Day, in collaboration with the Library of Congress.

Who: These workshops are open to everyone with an interest in local history, from burgeoning enthusiasts to community historians. Please note: a Library of Congress Reader Card with photo is required. Please arrive 1 hour early if you need to obtain one!

We highly recommend you register in advance here.

What: These workshops help researchers of any skill level understand and navigate the many public resources our city has to offer. Particpants learn how to research the history of their home or any other historic property through sessions on DC Maps, Photo Archives, DC Directories, and Online Databases.

When: Two free workshops will be held from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm on Saturday, May 6th. If you need to obtain a Reader Card, please plan to arrive an additional hour early. Please register for only one workshop.

Where: Library of Congress, Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave SE. Our workshop will begin in LM133, the Newspapers and Current Periodicals Room.

Why: At HumanitiesDC, we’re passionate about our community, and we always love learning more about its heritage. We believe that understanding history helps us to appreciate the present and engage more deeply with our world.

Through our own House History research, we learned about the story of our office, located in a small row house at 925 U Street, NW just across the street from the African American Civil War Memorial. Our little workspace was once home to generations of Washingtonians! Thanks to the incredible resources in the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division and the Historical Society of Washington, DC, we know that the house was:

  • Built in 1878;
  • Owned by Mary A. Kuehling; and
  • Built for an estimated $3,000 (roughly $67,000 in 2010 dollars).

And that is just the beginning! Come to House History Day to find out more about how you can trace the lineage of your historic DC house or apartment building, and the history of those who once lived there!

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