Researching Neighborhood & House Histories March 23, 2010

3674 Park Place ca. 1920

Here’s something that may appeal to those of you interested in researching the history of your home and/or neighborhood. Coming up on the 23rd is a FREE class you can sign up for. All that is required is interest and time.

Space is limited, so if this is of interest to you and you are available on the evening of March 23rd, you might want to sign up sooner rather than later.

The full announcement for this, including how to register, is below:

Researching Neighborhood & House Histories March 23, 2010

Have you ever wanted to know more about your house than its age? Have you ever wanted to understand how your neighborhood came to take the shape it has?

Join local historian, Matthew Gilmore, for a hands-on workshop, in which he will show you how to utilize the resources of the Washingtoniana Division and other public records print and online to uncover the mysteries of your home’s past and the development of the city and your neighborhood.

Matthew Gilmore, co-editor, H-DC, will speak on the basic resources everyone needs to know for doing research on Washington DC buildings, places, institutions, and people. Materials will be available in the Division for research, though the discussion will cover materials also located at a wide variety of Washington DC institutions. A tour of the division will follow and a chance to work with some of the sources discussed.

Held in the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library, 901 G St NW, Room 307.

Mr. Gilmore, formerly a staff member of the Washingtoniana Division, will highlight the variety of tools and sources (maps, microfilm, books, and online) available for documenting neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. both in the Washingtoniana Division itself and at a number of other institutions throughout the city as well as online. New to this workshop will be more discussion of what is available online.

Mr. Gilmore has been offering workshops since 1997. For a peek at some of the sources discussed, check out:
http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~dclist/neighNew4.pdf

Sponsored by the Friends of the Washingtoniana Division.

The workshop is free but registration is requested, so that enough handouts can be prepared.

For more information and to register, please email:
dchist@hotmail.com
Please send an example address/neighborhood we might use as a case study.

The Martin Luther King Library is at 901 G St NW and the Washingtoniana Division on the third floor in room 307.

6:30 to 8:45 pm
Martin Luther King Memorial Library
Washingtoniana Room
9th and G Street, NW
Gallery Place Metro
Admission is Free

Space is limited to 15; please RSVP to  dchist@hotmail.com

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3 Comments on “Researching Neighborhood & House Histories March 23, 2010”

  1. Jon Wheeler Says:

    Thanks Kent — I signed up!

  2. Kent Says:

    I guess you’ll see me there then.

  3. IMGoph Says:

    i signed up as well. can’t wait!


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