Our Projects

PROLOGUE DC can provide you with:

  • multimedia presentations depicting the history of your business, school, church, agency or other organization
  • display panels with text, images and maps
  • historical signage
  • historic site/district nominations
  • professionally designed historical reports, booklets or brochures
  • oral histories documenting your business, school, church, agency or other organization
  • thorough and accurate research in DC’s wide range of libraries, archives and other repositories

Here are some of the projects Prologue DC has completed since its founding in 2014, and some we’re still working on:

Eight Downtown Callboxes featuring Famous Women – research for public art project for sculptor Charles Bergen and DowntownDC Business Improvement District (unveiled October 16, 2019). More coverage of the project is here and here.

Women in History DowntownDC Callbox Tour – mobile app for DowntownDC Business Improvement District

African American Civil Rights Tour - research and writing for the DC Preservation Office

Neighborhood Heritage Trail for Eckington, in Northeast DC (in progress)

A Right to the City – research for Anacostia Community Museum exhibition open April 2018 – April 2020.

Bygone DC documentary - still photography and footage research for film that debuted on WETA-TV on October 11, 2017.

Historic District Nomination for Bloomingdale, approved unanimously by the Historic Preservation Review Board on July 26, 2018. View our slide show  on the neighborhood.

James Reese Europe American Legion Post 5 – archiving the records and arranging for photo conservation for this historic African-American veterans organization. A short video about our work is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMWfguRjdlU.

Public Service Commission of the District of ColumbiaThe First 100 Years/Protecting the Public Interest 1913-2013 (book published in March 2016 by the Public Service Commission).

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. - production assistance on a series of short videos on the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Making D.C. History awardees.

Kogod School of Business, American University - content for a large graphic installation on the history of business in Washington, DC, in celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary.

Union Station Redevelopment Corporation - kiosk displays telling the history of railroads in Washington, DC, and of Union Station’s neighborhood.

Cultural Tourism DC - booklets for the Logan Circle, LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale and Anacostia Neighborhood Heritage Trails.

Hillcrest Children & Family Center - content for a display on the Center’s first 200 years.

Boss Shepherd’s restaurant - content for two large graphic wall installations on Boss Shepherd’s world and the history of downtown DC’s theater scene.

Kalorama Park historic landmark nomination for the Kalorama Citizens Association. The DC Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously to landmark the park on November 19, 2015.

In addition, Prologue DC historians are leading an important long-term project: Mapping Segregation in Washington DC. The goal of this effort is to display–through interactive online maps–the historic segregation of Washington’s housing, as well as its schools, playgrounds and other public spaces. See MappingSegregationDC.org, as well as our Facebook page, for project updates.

For a list of projects previously completed by our historians, see Individual Projects.

Mead’s Model Market, 2243 Nichols Avenue SE (Library of Congress)


Photos in top banner, left to right: Anacostia High School Baseball Team, 1939 (Library of Congress): Students at the Birney School (Frances Benjamin Johnston, Library of Congress); Cafe (John Vachon, Library of Congress); The Capitol (Library of Congress)