The Historical Society of Washington, D.C

555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001


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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C tells the diverse stories of our nation’s capital to a broad community. 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 collections of the Historical Society document over 200 years of local history and are made available to the public through the Society’s exhibits, publications, the online catalog, and the Kiplinger Research Library. 

Exhibits explore the architectural and social history of Washington, D.C.

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