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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.comRefreshments 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 

  1. Anacostia Outreach Center: The Langston Terrace Dwelling Oral/Video “Hilltop Schools Campus History Project”
  2. Black Student Fund: “Upper Georgia Avenue in the Current” 
  3. DC African American Legacy Foundation: “The Pride and Promise of Petworth” 
  4. DC Preservation League: “Wardman’s Washington Website” 
  5. Ecohermanas: “DC Women EcoLeaders”
  6. Empower DC: “Greenleaf Gardens History Project”
  7. Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington: “From Synagogue to Church to Condo – “DC’s Urban Evolution”
  8. KhushDC: “Documenting 20 Years of KhushDC”
  9. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC DC): “Washington, DC Community Development Oral Histories”
  10. Parklands Community Center: “Ward 8 Community Activists and Legends 1950 – 1990 Recognition Brunch”
  11. Rehoboth Baptist Church Historical Committee: “Publishing The History of Rehoboth Baptist Church”
  12. Sanctuary Theatre, Inc: “Komorebi”
  13. The Potter’s House: “Around Our Tables: The Story of The Potter’s House”
  14. United Planning Organization: “Barry Farms -Our Community through Our Eyes”
  15. Urban Rangers Youth Group/Centronia: “Story Map”
  16. Wilson HS PTSO: “Wilson High School Community Archives Development Project”

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.

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