Capitol Hill Restoration Society

House History Workshops

Posted on August 4th, 2014

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. (HCWDC) is pleased to announce the return of its popular House History workshops. They will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW in the Washingtoniana Division (3rd Floor).

Two workshop sessions will be held: Workshop I: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm and Workshop II: 12:30pm – 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided for both sessions. These House History Workshops will guide community historians, of any skill or knowledge level, through the DC Public Library Washingtoniana Division’s collections. Participants will learn how to research the history of their own home or any other historical property. 

These workshops will feature presentations by professionals who will guide workshop participants on how to navigate the collection of maps, building permits database, photo archives, microfilm records and the council’s DC Digital Museum. 

The House history workshops provide residents with an opportunity to explore the history of their homes including the date the home was built, architect, builder, dates of any improvements, former residents, and how the neighborhood evolved over time. House history research is powerful because it provides that personal connection to the past that few other types of historical research can; it allows anyone to forge a strong sense of connection with their neighborhood and their community whether they have called DC home for years, or just moved in last month. 

Workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required, to attend please sign up at 

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) transforms lives through the power of the Humanities. As a far-reaching community catalyst, we build bridges between multiple and diverse neighborhoods to affirm and enliven the human spirit, promote cross-cultural understanding, enrich the quality of life, and foster intellectual stimulation. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and public and private partners, we support local humanities projects and Council initiated programs. 

Michael L. Chambers, II 
Programs and Marketing Manager 
(202) 387-8391 ext. 4 Phone 
(202) 681-6411 Mobile 
(202) 387-8149 Fax