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Description of Pictures: Tomorrow we will open our galleries again. Nothing is simpler, really. A key turns, a sign shifts into place, a smile is readied.
Welcoming the public is at the core of what the DC History Center does. During “normal” times, students, scholars, volunteers, and community members are all welcome on the second floor of the Carnegie Library—an accessible and inclusive home for reading and learning since it first opened in 1903.
But nothing under the pandemic feels easy.
This is why, between sneeze guards, masks, and hand sanitizer stations, opening THE BIG PICTURE and the Hall of History tomorrow feels like a small but hard-won triumph—a moment to reclaim our place in the community we serve with such commitment and care.
Our hours will be limited. Starting September 11, we will be open only on Friday and Saturdays. We can accommodate up to six visitors per hour, from 12 to 5 pm (last entry at 4 pm). Reservations are required. A full suite of security procedures is in place to protect the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff.
We did gain some important insights during this time. The Carnegie Library is our home base, but it is the passion for DC history that we share with you, our friends and supporters, that creates a gathering space—a safe place in our hearts and minds to listen, pay attention, and exchange stories.
Wherever you find us in the months ahead, whether that’s Downtown or on Zoom, is where you will join a shared space to celebrate our city and find common ground. In the midst of so much suffering and pain, these precious bonds are worth treasuring.
We have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead, virtually and in person. So come see us. We’ll be thrilled to open our doors for you!
Laura Brower Hagood
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HSW_200911_01.JPG: Help Prevent the Spread of Covid-19
During Your Visit
* Face masks are required to be worn for the duration of your visit.
* Practice physical distancing: keep a minimum of 6 feet from other visitors and museum staff.
* Wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently and thoroughly.
* Do not crowd in lines, at common areas, or at points of interest.
* Follow all other signage and staff instructions.
Do not enter if
You feel sick, have a fever, or in the past 14 days have had any symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to someone with COVID-19.
Thank you for your cooperation.
HSW_200911_06.JPG: Laura Brower Hagood (executive director), ??? (a volunteer), Karen Harris (Senior Manager, Visitor Services)
HSW_200911_24.JPG: A very sweaty Bruce Guthrie, their first patron since the reopening, is greeted by Executive Director, Laura Brower Hagood.
HSW_200911_30.JPG: The second set of guests arrive.
Description of Subject Matter: About Us - History of the Historical Society
The Columbia Historical Society, as it was called until 1988, was founded in 1894 by a group of 36 men and women, with the following mission: "Its objects shall be the collection, preservation, and diffusion of knowledge respecting the history and topography of the District of Columbia and national history and biography." The organization had as its goal "collecting the scattered and rapidly disappearing records of events and individuals prominent in the history of the city and District."
From the outset, this was a membership organization. Members gathered to listen to each other deliver papers. The Records of the Columbia Historical Society published these papers and other items of interest to members. It was also a collecting organization, amassing library and manuscript collections virtually from the start.
By 1899 the new organization had 108 members, all but 13 men, and all but 7 residents of Northwest Washington. Although African Americans constituted one-third of the city's population, at that time the membership of the Columbia Historical Society was all white in a segregated city.
Membership dues went largely to support the publication of the Records, which remain one of the best collections of information on the history of the city. These hard-bound volumes appeared every year until 1922, and thereafter every two or three years, and are currently available in our Research Library.
The growing collections began to present difficulties almost immediately. For more than 50 years, the Society made do with rented and donated rooms for offices and library. In the late 1940s, a bill to finance reassembly of Francis Scott Key's home and give it to the Society passed Congress, but President Truman vetoed it for budgetary reasons. Through these years, talented volunteers served as librarians and curators. A professional was appointed in 1947, and he promulgated a collecting policy and created the first cat ...More...
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2023_DC_HSW: Hist Society of Wash DC @ Carnegie Library (10 photos from 2023)
2019_DC_HSW: Hist Soc of Wash DC @ Carnegie Library (3 photos from 2019)
2013_DC_HSW: Hist Soc of Wash DC @ Carnegie Library (3 photos from 2013)
2009_DC_HSW: Hist Soc of Wash DC @ Carnegie Library (5 photos from 2009)
2007_DC_HSW: Hist Soc of Wash DC @ Carnegie Library (1 photo from 2007)
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2020 photos: Well, that was a year, wasn't it? The COVID-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11.
The child president's handling of the pandemic was a series of disastrous missteps and lies, encouraging his minions to not wear masks and dramatically increasing infections and deaths here.The BLM protests started in June, made all the worse by the child president's inability to have any empathy for anyone other than himself. Then of course he tried to steal the election in November. What a year!
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
The farthest distance I traveled after that was about 40 miles. I only visited sites in four states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. That was the least amount of travel I had done since 1995.
Number of photos taken this year: about 246,000, the fewest number of photos I had taken in any year since 2007.
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