Know Your Neighborhood

Know Your Neighborhood

Know Your Neighborhood

Know Your Neighborhood is an ongoing series of programs exploring the history of D.C. neighborhoods, a collaboration between DC Public Library's Special Collections and neighborhood libraries. Each season a different branch will host a series of programs, highlighting the communities it serves.

Fall 2016: Woodridge & Mt. Pleasant | Spring 2015: Southwest | Fall 2014: Shaw | Spring 2014: NortheastSummer 2013: Anacostia | Spring 2013: Mt. Pleasant

Fall 2016: Woodridge & Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Libraries


Woodridge: Conversations with the Community 
A panel discussion on the history, people, resources and future of a magnificent community 
Sunday, October 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant Riots Edit-a-thon
Join us in updating the Wikipedia page for the 1991 Mt. Pleasant riots using resources from Washingtoniana
Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Music Walking Tour
Meet up with local historians Mara Cherkasky and Natalie Avery to learn about the musical history of Mt. Pleasant. The walking tour will begin at 14th and Irving St. NW and end at the library.
Sunday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Spring 2015: Southwest Neighborhood Library

Award-Winning Author Ruben Castaneda
Castaneda will discuss his book S Street Rising and his work as a night police reporter during the crack epidemic of the 1980s
Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Southwest Remembered: A Story of Urban Renewal
Screening of the documentary chronicling the transformation of the Southwest neighorhood
Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Heroes: Eugene Allen, of 'The Butler: Witness to History
Mr. Allen's son Charles Allen describes his father's career and experiences in the White House
Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

Women's History Bike Ride with Women & Bicycles and DCPL
Feminist history-themed ride will stop at four branches.
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 12 p.m.

Fall 2014: Shaw Neighborhood Library

U Street Memories, From Duke Ellington to Marvin Gaye
Celebrating Washingtoniana's U Street Oral History Project at Busboys and Poets
Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Books of the Harlem Renaissance Literary Walking Tours
Saturday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.

The Past, Present, and Future of the Shaw Neighborhood
Panel discussion with Dr. Maurice Jackson, Blair Ruble, Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale and Dr. Bernard Demczuk
Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

7th and T, Film Screening and Discussion with Rusty Hassan
Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Spring 2014: Northeast Neighborhood Library

Walking Tour of Historic Swampoodle: Explore DC's Rough and Tumble Irish Past
Saturday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Meet at Union Station for walking tour with architect and neighborhood historian Kathleen Lane

The Washington Coliseum: The Forgotten Landmark
Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.
A screening of the documentary by filmmaker Jason Hornick, followed by a panel discussion.

From Pleasure Gardens to Streetcars: A Photographic History of H Street NE
Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
A lecture with local historian Sarah Shoenfeld.

Researching Your House History
Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
A workshop with Michele Casto of Washingtoniana and Anne McDonough of the DC Historical Society.

House and Neighborhood History Demonstration Booth
Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
At the grand opening of the newly renovated Northeast Neighborhood Library, discover Washingtoniana resources for researching the history of your house and your neighborhood. Washingtoniana staff will demonstrate how maps, photographs, building permits, city directories and other resources can make local history come alive!

Summer 2013: Anacostia Neighborhood Library

Historic Hillsdale: A Freedman’s Village
Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
A Lecture by Dianne Dale

Researching Your House History
Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.
A Workshop with Michele Casto of Washingtoniana and Anne McDonough of the DC Historical Society

Pre-Family Reunion Oral History & Genealogy Workshop
Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Discover your roots with Washingtoniana Librarians Kelly Navies and Kenneth Despertt
Frederick Douglass' Anacostia
Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m.
A Lecture by John Muller
Anacostia: Community in Transition
Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
A Panel Discussion about Change, Past, Present and Future
Eureka and Green Willow Parks
Black Amusement Parks East of the Anacostia
Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
A Lecture by Patsy Fletcher

Good Hope Road Corridor: A Neighborhood Tour of Historic Anacostia
Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
With Local Historian Kalem Umrani

Spring 2013: Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library 

Mary Henderson and the Making of Meridian Hill
A Lecture by Kim Prothro Williams
Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Columbia Heights
A Lecture by Brian Kraft
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Preserving Community Stories
An Oral History Workshop with Kelly Navies
Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Historic Bridges of Rock Creek Park
A Lecture by John DeFerrari
Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant: An Historical Overview
A Lecture by Mara Cherkasky
Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

Researching your House History
A Workshop with Washingtoniana Staff
Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of Mt. Pleasant
With Historian Mara Cherkasky
Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.

Adams Morgan: A Story of Diversity and Change
A Lecture by Olivia Cadaval
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.