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 our projects and clients:

National Register Nominations

African American Civil Rights National Register Multiproperty Document for the DC Preservation League

Barry Farm Dwellings Historic Landmark nomination for Empower DC and the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association, approved by the DC Historic Preservation Review Board

Bloomingdale Historic District Nomination for the Bloomingdale Historic District Coalition, approved unanimously by the DC Historic Preservation Review Board

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.

 

Exhibitions and Historic Site Signage

Eckington Neighborhood Heritage Trail for Cultural Tourism DC (in progress)

African American Civil Rights Tour for the DC Historic Preservation Office

Hortense Prout National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom signage in Kalorama Park, DC

Women in History DowntownDC Callbox Tour and mobile app for sculptor Charles Bergen and DowntownDC Business Improvement District. See coverage of the project by WAMU, Washingtonian, and The GW Hatchet.

A Right to the City, 50th Anniversary Project, and Food for the People research for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

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

 

Other Projects

Oral histories filed with the DC Public Library

Bygone DC research for WETA-TV

James Reese Europe American Legion Post 5 archives. See a short video about our work.

The First 100 Years/Protecting the Public Interest 1913-2013 for the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

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

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 also 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)