The Intelligencer

Preserving Our Past for DC's Future

1968 Resource Guide Now Available

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968, DC Public Library has compiled a Library Resource Guide to help you navigate the many collections and events the Library has to offer in commemoration of that momentous year. The guide includes Evolutions and Legacies: Martin Luther King, Jr. and D.C., 1957-1972, an online exhibit curated by Special Collections Archivist Derek Gray and #dc1968 project curator, Dr. Marya A. McQuirter. Special Collections research guides on the events of April 1968 and the Poor People's Campaign will also be added to the Guide soon! 

Have you heard? Special Collections on DCPL Radio

Special Collections Archivist Ray Barker recently interviewed DC jazz great, Andrew White, for DCPL Radio, broadcast live from the lobby of The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan. Listen to the interview and previous episodes on Simplecast. Tune in for Ray's next interview with the President of the Washington Psychotronic Film Society, Carl Cephas a.k.a. Dr. Schlock, and his assistant Jonathan Couchenour, live on March 6th at 2pm on Full Service Radio. The Film Society was founded in Washington, DC in 1989 and presents obscure, odd, and off-the-beaten-path films throughout DC.

Upcoming Programs

Saving Family Treasures: Preservation Workshops 101

Anacostia Neighborhood Library, February 24 at 1pm. Special Collections is teaming up with #dc1968 project curator Dr. Marya McQuirter to bring you a series of workshops on preserving personal archives, including photos, letters, newspapers and other material objects. Participants will receive information and supplies that will help them maintain their family records. 

Georgetown's Oldest Fraternity: The Early History of Freemasonry.

Peabody Room at Georgetown Neighborhood Library, February 24 at 1pm. Chris B. Ruli, historian of the Masonic Potomac Lodge No. 5 of D.C., will discuss the early history of Freemasonry in Georgetown, notable members of the fraternity, and the George Washington gavel (visiting from the U.S. Capitol!). 

Research at Washingtoniana

Washingtoniana and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. host monthly DC History workshops in our interim space at the Newseum. Check the calendar for upcoming events. Research collections remain open by appointment at the Newseum. To schedule, email


Elbert "Big Man" Howard, Black Panther Party deputy minister of information, speaks at a press conference in front of party headquarters at 1932 17th St. NW, November 27, 1970.

Washington Evening Star Staff Photo by John Bowden. 

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