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A Unique Opportunity to Uncover Your Home’s Hidden Past

March 4, 2015

Hands on House History Workshop Introduces Invaluable Collections at the DC Public Library and the Historical Society of Washington, DC

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The DC Community Heritage Project House History Day returns on April 18th at the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library! This spring, Humanities DC, The DC Historic Preservation Office, The Historical Society of Washington, DC, and the DC Public Library invite you to learn how to research the history of your home and your neighborhood.

Archivists, librarians, and local history experts will be on hand to introduce participants to historic maps, building permits, photographs, and microfilm records all held in the special collections of the DC Public Library. Anne McDonough, the Library and Collections Director at the Historical Society of Washington, DC will give participants a sense of how their research can be enhanced by using additional resources housed at the nearby Kiplinger Research Library. One session featuring local historic preservation expert, Sally Berk, will show you how you can place your house history within a neighborhood or community history context.

To register for this free event, visit http://househistoryspring2015.eventbrite.com. Act fast, because there is limited space and the event almost always fills up quickly! Additional smaller workshops will be held throughout the year, and another House History Day event is planned for August.

HHPartners2Registrants for the Spring House History Day will be able to choose between a morning session that will run from 10am-12:30pm or an afternoon session that will run from 12:30-3pm. Lunch is provided between the two workshops such that AM participants will eat from 12-12:30pm after their sessions are over, and PM participants will eat from 12:30-1pm before their sessions begin.

Participants almost always leave with a deeper sense of connectedness to the city, their neighborhoods, and their homes, as well as a determination to come back to the library and the Historical Society to expand upon their research.