Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historical Society of Washington DC

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.historydc.org

Mission Statement

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is a community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation's capital. Founded in 1894, it serves a diverse audience through its collections, public programs, exhibitions, and publications.

Main Programs

  1. Library and Collections
  2. Exhibitions
  3. Public Programs
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

ruling year

1945

Executive Director since 2014

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John Suau

Keywords

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Washington, District of Columbia, history, museum, library, research library

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EIN

53-0238800

 Number

3939710675

Physical Address

801 K Street NW

Washington, 20001

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Washington is known throughout the world as a monumental federal city. Less well-known are the stories of Washington's many diverse and vibrant communities. The Society helps make this local history easily accessible to the public to promote a sense of identity, place, and pride in Washington and to preserve this heritage for future generations.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Library and Collections

The Kiplinger Research Library is at the core of the Society’s mission to make local history easily accessible to the public. Our collections reach beyond books (4,815 titles) and manuscripts (2,249 collections) to include artwork (254 pieces), historical maps (563 pieces), photographs (nearly 100,000 pieces), prints (754 pieces) and an unparalleled archive of pamphlets and ephemera (6,807 collections).  The Society also produces the semi-annual Washington History journal, the only academic publication dedicated to new research in the field of D.C. history. Thousands of researchers take advantage of these resources each year.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Exhibitions

The Society presents public exhibitions to make local
history and culture easily accessible to a wide audience and help promote a
sense of identity, place, and pride in Washington. These exhibits are produced
in conjunction with community partners and many feature materials from the
Society’s collections. In 2011, the Society hosted “Choosing to Participate”, a
major exhibition produced by the well-known organization Facing History and
Ourselves, during its run in Washington. Over 10,000 people, including 6,000
school-aged students, came to the Society to see the exhibit and attend related
programming.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Public Programs

The Society hosts public and educational programs that help
further our mission to promote Washington’s history. Examples of such programs
include the successful Author and Lecture Series, book signings, and celebrations
to commemorate significant events and people related to D.C.’s local history.
The Society also brings history to the public through partnerships such as
contributions to the “I Am D.C.” campaign and historic main streets initiatives
of the D.C. government. The Society is also a presenting sponsor of the Annual
Conference on Washington Historical Studies and acts as both a contributor to
and host of various conference activities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

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Financials

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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Historical Society of Washington DC

Leadership

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Executive Director

John Suau

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Julie B Koczela

Koczela and Associates

Term: Mar 2013 - Mar 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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