What We Do

PROLOGUE DC’S TEAM OF WASHINGTON-BASED HISTORIANS knows how to find and tell the stories you’re looking for. Whether it’s a neighborhood, school, church, business or organization, PROLOGUE DC can help you mark an anniversary or other milestone, raise visibility, and demonstrate your unique place in Washington history.

Let us take your project from start to finish. We can:

    • Navigate the wide range of archives, libraries, and other historical resources in and around Washington, DC
    • Research primary documents, maps, images, film, and video
    • Conduct oral history interviews
    • Prepare historical markers, nominations, and maps
    • Produce reports, brochures, exhibits, and presentations
    • Engage community groups

As Washingtonians, we’ll be as excited about your project as you are. Investigating and sharing your history instills pride, enhances identity and brand, and roots your business or group in the community it serves.

Discover your history. Discover something new!

Download the Prologue DC Capabilities Statement April 2017.


Brightwood’s Historic African American Community &
How Real Estate Developers Shaped the Racial Landscape of Ward 4

Thursday, April 27, 7 pm
Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library
7420 Georgia Avenue, NW

 Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a public history project documenting the historic segregation of our city’s housing, and its schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. In 2015, we launched the project’s first installment, Legal Challenges to Racially Restrictive Covenants. Please join us on April 27 to learn about our recent work on the history of the Military Road School and its community, and on the replacement of other historic black enclaves in Ward 4 with whites-only neighborhoods.

This project is led by Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld in collaboration with GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group. It is funded in part by the DC Preservation League and Humanities DC and was recently awarded a National Park Service Civil Rights Grant. Partners include the Military Road School Preservation Trust and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

For updates and more information, visit facebook.com/PrologueDC.


Local and Federal Certifications:
Prologue DC is registered as a Certified Business Enterprise with the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Development (DSLBD), under the Small, Local and Disadvantaged Business Development and Assistance Act of 2005 (DC Law 16-33; 52 DCR 7503). We are certified as a Local Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise, and Resident Owned Business for these Business Services: Historical Studies and Services; Markers, Plaques, Placards and Tablets: Dedicational, Historical, Informational, etc.; Interior Design, Space Planning, and Exhibits/Displays; and Editorial Services.

Prologue DC is also registered with the federal System for Award Management.

Photos in top banner, left to right: Suffragist, 1917 (Library of Congress); Sunny’s Surplus, Downtown DC, 1971 (photo by Mary Belcher); U.S. Senate Chefs, 1942 (photo by George Danor, Library of Congress); Boy Scouts at Hains Point, 1937 (Library of Congress)