Come explore the neighborhood with the Petworth History Tent at Celebrate Petworth

Come explore the neighborhood with the Petworth History Tent at Celebrate Petworth

Petworth has a long history of being a residential neighborhood where people buy homes, raise families and work to create a community. Come here local residents and historians talk about DC and Petworth. Here’s a run-down of the event at the Petworth History Tent…

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An old dues card from the Petworth Citizens' Association pops up on eBay

An old dues card from the Petworth Citizens' Association pops up on eBay

You never know what you can find online. There's a little bit of Petworth history up for sale on eBay that belonged to someone who lived on Shepherd Street almost a hundred years ago. 

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A Petworth connection to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

A Petworth connection to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The things that make up our history as a nation come right from our own neighborhood. Learn about Petworth's connection to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

With the grand opening and dedication of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), we see history being redefined and shaped right before our eyes. 

Linda Crichlow-White is a well-known educator and author of “Back Then, There,” as well as being a former Petworth resident. While cleaning out her Aunt Edna’s DC apartment, Linda discovered old beauty products and supplies, posters, handbills and other significant items that she donated to the NMAAHC to add to their collection.

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Mapping Segregation: discussion on the history of DC neighborhoods

"How did restrictive housing covenants shape DC neighborhoods?"

ANC 1A Commissioner Kent Boese posted information on his Park View blog about two upcoming, fascinating research presentations on the history and impact of segregation on DC neighborhoods. As the first presentation is in Park View, the meeting tomorrow will focus on the history of the Park View area. Below is an except of the blog post; head over to the Park View blog to read the full post.

Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld will present the latest findings in their ongoing research project, Mapping Segregation in Washington DC. This ongoing research project looks in depth at the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, recreation facilities, and more. The project’s first year has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants and legal challenges to them. 

Maps are used to better understand how many of DC’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how the city’s racial geography has been shaped by segregation. Maps tell stories that words cannot.

The first presentation is Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Place NW) and the second is Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Library, (901 G Street NW). Both events are free and open to the public.

Mapping Segregation is an ongoing project, so check their website for updates.

Excellent Source: Park View