The History Task Force works to celebrate the unique and compelling history of our community and reinforce progressive and inclusive identity.  The task force researches, promotes an identifies ways to promote our heritage through public forums, commemorative events, publications, oral history projects, interpretative panels, public information display systems and adding sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, contact Ryan Pierce




The Historical Society of Washington, DC: The Bulldozer and the Rose

  • A recreation of Garnet W. Jex’s slide presentation, using his original script and images, chronicling the destruction of old Southwest Washington as it was being demolished for redevelopment between 1958 and 1964. Note: PDF file (6MB). Download this presentation.


SW Heritage trail: River Farms to Urban Towers: Southwest Heritage Trail

  • Follow this self-guided Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail to learn more about Washington’s Southwest waterfront. The Southwest Heritage Trail consists of 17 poster-sized, illustrated signs that combine storytelling with historic images.
  • The first sign is located at the Waterfront/SEU Metro station plaza, Fourth and M Streets, SW. (PLEASE NOTE: Sign 11, located on Water Street, SW, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, is temporarily missing. Sign 6, located at Seventh and E Streets, SW, is also temporarily missing.)
  • The two-hour, self-guided tour proceeds up Southwest’s historic “main street,” Fourth Street, and heads west toward the Washington Channel Waterfront. The trail continues along the waterfront toward Fort McNair, Washington’s first military installation. The last trail signs guide you back toward Waterside Mall. Walkers are encouraged to follow the trail at their own pace, sampling neighborhood character, businesses, and restaurants along the way.
  • For more information about this heritage trail, email Trail@CulturalTourismDC.org or call Cultural Tourism DC  at 202-661-7581.


DC Public Library Online

  • This website provides a great resource as a starting point for researching the history of Southwest Washington, D.C. It not only includes direction and guidance to the many resources available from the Library, it incorporates references to other local collections and resource centers as well. Visit: DC Public Library Online


DC Historic Sites Project by DC Preservation League

  • “DC Historic Sites is based on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, the city’s official list of properties deemed worthy of recognition and protection for their contribution to the cultural heritage of the city, the nation’s capital, and the nation.”


Oral History Reports: “Southwest Views”

  • In 2006, Rev. Brian Hamilton of Westminster church produced a series of oral history reports from SW residents. Rev. Hamilton graciously shared these with SWNA. “Southwest Views”


Our Historical Context Study


Historic American Building Survey


University of Maryland Preservation Study


MIT Urban Design Studio (2000)


ULI Study of Southwest (1998)


Midcentury Southwest Churches Study” completed by QED Associates

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