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“Most Endangered Places” Mini-Documentary Premiere

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the DC Preservation League on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 pm for the premiere of a mini-documentary highlighting some of the most endangered places in Washington, DC—and the people who have fought to save them.

Starting in 1996, the DC Preservation League began putting out an annual list of “Most Endangered Places,” those significant sites which may be threatened with ill-advised alteration or demolition.

During the spring 2021 semester, students from American University’s Public History Practicum class researched the historic preservation movement in Washington, DC and looked at places included on this “Most Endangered” list. They selected a handful of sites to explore in more detail and spoke with some the individuals involved in protecting these important locations.

Following the premiere of the program, the students who worked on the project—Sajel Schwartz, Shae Corey, and Michael Jacobs—will be available to answer questions.


This event is free & open to the public. It will also be streamed live to DCPL’s Facebook page.



Shae Corey (left) is a first-year Public History student at American University specializing in community history and oral history. She has previously worked on projects documenting segregation in the Jim Crow South, the 2020 experience of the Black Lives Matter movement protests, and the history of white women’s active roles in the American slave trade. In the future, Shae hopes to take an active role in preservation and activism that benefits and prioritizes communities.

Michael Jacobs (center) was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, and has had a lifelong passion for history and preservation work. Michael attended The University of Pittsburgh for his undergrad education and majored in History with a minor in Museum Studies. During his undergrad studies, Michael interned with multiple Pittsburgh Institutions including, the Carnegie Science Center, The Holocaust Center, and the Pittsburgh Historical Landmark Foundation. After his time in Pittsburgh, Michael moved back to the DC area to attend American Universities Master’s Program in Public History. He has continued his passion for history in his graduate career by focusing on historic preservation and local history.

Sajel Swartz (right) is a first year public history student in the American University Public History Master’s Program. Her interests and experiences include folklore and religious history, historic preservation, and an emerging interest in oral history as it pertains to her experience with community histories. She is very exciting to be partnering with DCPL on this project as an opportunity to interact with D.C. history and the historic preservation community in the District.


Thank you to our sponsors! 


April 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm