Historical Society to open interim site in Newseum during Carnegie renovations

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Apple plans for the Carnegie Library's first floor to include a Genius Grove with tech support and hangout areas, as well as flexible space that will transform day by day. (rendering courtesy of Apple)

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is relocating to an interim location for 12 to 18 months while renovations to its Carnegie Library headquarters are underway, the group announced.

The historical society — along with the D.C. Public Library’s Washingtoniana Collection, which had moved to the Carnegie to accommodate a rehabilitation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library — will reopen Sept. 19 in a portion of the Newseum, according to a news release. The public can access the historical society and Washingtoniana collections from the Newseum’s group entrance, located on C Street NW. Admission to this portion of the Newseum building is free but requires photo ID.

The project at the Carnegie Library, located at 801 K St. NW, is part of the historic 1903 building’s conversion into an Apple “global flagship store.” The society’s updated footprint will include new storage facilities, a renovated Kiplinger Research Library and two new galleries with space for public programs.

Apple will be located primarily on the first floor of the library, with the historical society above. Apple and the historical society will provide free access to the public with extended hours.

The historical society will also have an exhibit entitled “For the Record” opening in November at the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, and “In Order to Lessen Tensions” opening in March at the National Building Museum.