Who We Are

PROLOGUE DC IS A WOMAN-OWNED COMPANY based in Washington, DC. We are experienced historians, researchers, writers, speakers, and exhibit planners.

We are registered as a Certified Business Enterprise with the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Development. We are also registered with the federal System for Award Management.

We believe that understanding our city’s past helps us appreciate its unique 21st century culture. Enslaved and free African Americans, immigrants, wealthy landholders, prominent politicians, and many others–all of them built Washington. By telling their stories, we present history that is relevant, entertaining, and educational.

We feel fortunate to call the District of Columbia home. The city’s stories are our stories, too. PROLOGUE DC’s team is Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld, whose accomplishments can be seen in more detail on our “Projects” page. In a nutshell:

Girl Scouts tend a garden at First and T streets NE in the 1920s.                   (Library of Congress)

MARA CHERKASKY is a historian, researcher, and writer/editor specializing in DC neighborhoods, institutions, and agencies. She has worked on a number of Neighborhood Heritage Trails and the city’s new African American Civil Rights Tour. She has also authored books and articles, contributed to documentary films, and written historic-site signage. Mara can often be spotted in DC’s archives and libraries, and on the street conducting walking tours. Contact her at mara@prologuedc.com.

SARAH SHOENFELD is a historian and writer focusing on African American and DC history. She has written DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails for Cultural Tourism DC and has developed history trails for the mobile app DC by the Book. Sarah has produced website content for the Smithsonian Institution, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and others. She has worked on PBS documentaries and museum exhibits and has served as a scholar for DC Humanities Council grantees. A native Washingtonian, she lives in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. Contact Sarah at sarah@prologuedc.com.

We also work with other DC-based experts to find and tell the most comprehensive histories possible. Both Mara and Sarah are affiliated with the George Washington University as Non-Resident Scholars.

Photos in top banner, left to right: Center Market (Library of Congress); Bland’s Court, 1937 (Alley Dwelling Authority, Library of Congress); Inauguration of President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905 (Library of Congress); Doorway Sculpture at Library of Congress (photo by Mary Belcher)