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47th Annual DC History Conference: Echoes

November 12, 2020 - November 14, 2020

This is a Historical Society of Washington, DC event.  Any questions about this event should be directed to: conference@dchistory.org

The DC Preservation League is proud to be a sponsor of the 47th Annual DC History Conference.

About the Conference:

Since 1973, the mission of the conference has been to provide a friendly and rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research about the history of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

During a year of upheaval, loss, pandemic, and protest, the D.C. History Conference takes on powerful resonance, November 12-14. The 47th annual conference convenes for the first time on Zoom, co-presented by the DC History Center and American University, in collaboration with local history organizations and institutions. A timely theme, Echoes, explores the shared frequencies between our contemporary era and critical historic moments that have left an indelible impact on the District, asking: how do memory and history echo through time?

The conference will take place on Zoom as a webinar with consecutive sessions (not concurrent sessions) creating a shared experience and conversation around the conference theme.

Learn more about the conference, explore the program, and register today!

Be on the look out for DCPL’s panel session, poster presentation, and connect with us during the virtual History Network on social media. Read more below:


Panel: “Historic Preservation: Of the People, By the People, For the People?” 

Friday, November 13th, 3:45-5:00PM

DC’s built environment reflects the diverse layers of history of its residents, but landmark listings on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites or National Register of Historic Places often fail to represent all those histories. In recent years, there has been an invigorated effort by preservationists, local organizations, and community members to promote and protect the many stories represented in Washington’s historic places. This initiative requires identifying and nominating sites important to communities who have historically gone underrepresented in the Inventory and National Register.

Panelists from the DC Preservation League, 1882 Foundation, Quinn Evans, Prologue DC, LLC., and the DC Historic Preservation Office will describe their contributions to projects that address these absences in the landscape of resources currently deemed historic landmarks. Panelists will then explore the process of ensuring local and national protection of the places these projects recognize; identify obstacles that may arise; discuss the role of community activism in these initiatives; and delve into the importance of having these sites and their associated histories protected as historic landmarks or districts.


Jessica Kelly, Grants Management Specialist in the State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division of the National Park Service; Program Lead for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) preservation grant program.


Rebecca Miller, DC Preservation League
Kim Williams, DC Historic Preservation Office, Office of Planning
Ted Gong, 1882 Foundation
Nakita Reed, Quinn Evans
Sarah Shoenfeld, Prologue, DC LLC


Poster: “Ghost” Tour: Demolished Sites Come Back to Life in DC Historic Sites”
Presented by Kathryn Morgan
, DC Preservation League’s American University Graduate Fellow (2020-2021)

If you walk the streets of DC, you’ll start to notice details in the landscape that reveal stories of growth and loss. A DC city street reflects these developmental changes, yet ghosts of DC buildings linger in the memory of residents. This is a tour of a lost DC, which recounts the lives and deaths of some of DC’s historic sites. Demolished historic buildings echo the past and forewarn our future if sites are not properly preserved and protected. Some of these sites went down with a fight, but all of these losses reflect the community’s changing needs. Through historic preservation, we are empowered to remember our past and challenged to reconcile with our present. Explore the tour on our mobile app and website, DC Historic Sites, today. 



November 12, 2020
November 14, 2020




Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
American University