November 24, 2014
Annual DC Community Heritage Project Showcase to Feature Latest Work in Community and Neighborhood Preservation
Keynote Address by Washington Post Columnist John Kelly
(Washington, DC)—The DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) presented by Humanities DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office supports residents at a grassroots level working to preserve their own communities. The annual DCCHP Showcase will feature a film screening, showcase and Q&A with this year’s 16 grantees and a keynote address by Washington Post Columnist John Kelly. The showcase will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 9 at Wilson High School, located at 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, DC. Registration is free and open to the public at dcchpshowcase.eventbrite.com. Refreshments will be served.
Joy Ford Austin, executive director of Humanities DC discussed the importance of the 2014 DC Community Heritage Project:
“This year’s DCCHP Grantees have done a phenomenal job documenting their culture with film, photography and oral history projects. This year’s showcase will take us into the past and present of neighborhoods such as Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan and fascinating communities, including women of the Piscataway and Nacotchtank tribes that lived in present day Anacostia. There’s no other program in our city that allows residents to research, share and preserve their own stories on a grassroots level.”
2014 DC Community Heritage Project Grantees
About the DC Community Heritage Project:
Humanities DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office (DCHPO) created the DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) in 2005 as a way to support residents at a grassroots level working to preserve their own communities. This unique partnership between a government agency and a non-profit organizations continues to strengthen historic preservation and has helped form a network of local preservationists who proudly document the history and culture of the city. Before DCCHP, accelerating demographic changes and new building projects meant that neighborhood history often got lost in the shuffle of a transient culture. Learn more about DCCHP and upcoming grant deadlines here.