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Shotgun House Public Archaeology Project public days March 8-11, 2017

The DC HPO Archaeology Team will be working at the Shotgun House Public Archaeology Project in the Capitol Hill Historic District this Wednesday through Friday (3/8 – 3/10) from 8am to 2pm, and Saturday March 11th from 9am to 3pm. The vernacular frame house that once stood on the property was built by German immigrants ca. 1850 and the lot was never sub-divided. We are documenting the unwritten history of working class immigrants in 19th century DC.

Farewell to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Soon, the MLK Jr. Memorial Library will be a construction site. If you should decide to visit the building one last time before it closes on March 4, 2017, for its three-year modernization, don’t miss the Washingtoniana Division’s farewell exhibit. On display in three different locations in the library, the exhibit features selected items from the DCPL Archives collection, such as photographs of the construction process, original architectural blueprints, and the framed ribbon and scissors from the 1972 opening ceremony of the iconic modernist building.