Washington, DC – Our Town, Our Stories

No matter if you are a native Washingtonian or if you have lived in the District for a year or two, there is always something new to learn about this exciting and history rich city. On December 8 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm the DC Community Heritage Project grantees will be showcasing their hard work to research, interpret, and publicize the history of their individual Washington communities.

Since 2005, the DC Community Heritage Project has been connecting cultures and communities across the District by teaching best practices in constructing a community history project and awarding grants to support local history organizations. The DC Community Heritage Project is a joint partnership between the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office.

One of the grant projects that attendees will have a glimpse of at this neighborhood show and tell is the documentary Preserving LeDroit Park: An Historical Community in Washington, DC. Produced by Ronald Smokey Stevens, the film unwraps the story of the famed LeDroit Park area of North West Washington and its evolution from all-white to becoming a haven for the burgeoning Black and middle class. Also to be featured in the showcase December 8, are samplings from oral history projects, archival websites and photographs capturing the past and foretelling the future. To see a complete list of projects click here.

The DC Community Heritage Project Showcase will be held at the John Eaton Elementary school in Cleveland Park, 3301 Lowell Street, NW.  The event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP by online or by calling 202-387-8391.

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