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How to Get Involved in Historic Preservation Initiatives in Washington, DC

How to Get Involved in Historic Preservation Initiatives in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, is not just the political heart of the United States — it is also a bastion of American history and culture. The city’s historic preservation initiatives play a crucial role in maintaining its architectural heritage and cultural identity. Here, we explore the importance of these efforts and how you can contribute to preserving the District’s historical legacy.

The Importance of Historic Preservation in DC

Historic preservation in DC is vital due to the District’s long and rich past. As the heart of American democracy, Washington, DC, houses numerous landmarks and buildings that are of great historical and architectural significance. These structures tell the story of the nation’s evolution and are a testament to various architectural styles and eras. Preserving these historic DC buildings ensures that future generations can witness and learn from these physical remnants of the past.

Getting Involved in Historic Preservation

There are several ways to get involved with historic preservation efforts in DC. Here’s how you can contribute:

  • Volunteering: Many historic sites and preservation societies in DC rely on volunteers. Volunteering can range from participating in cleanup and maintenance projects to guiding tours. Discover how volunteering can impact the community and foster skill development.
  • Educational Programs: Engage in educational programs and workshops offered by historic preservation organizations. These programs often include lectures, tours, and hands-on experiences.
  • Advocacy: Become an advocate for historic preservation by supporting local preservation initiatives, attending community meetings, and staying informed about the challenges facing historic sites in DC.
  • Donations and Fundraising: Consider donating to organizations dedicated to historic preservation in DC. Fundraising efforts can also help raise money for restoration and preservation projects.
  • Cultural Participation: Participate in cultural events and programs that celebrate and raise awareness of DC’s historic sites. A guide for new residents to make the most of DC’s cultural scene can be found here.

Thompson-Markward Hall: A Piece of DC’s History

An excellent example of historic preservation in the city is Thompson-Markward Hall, nestled in a historical district. This building is more than just an architectural marvel — it’s a piece of living history that reflects the cultural and social evolution of Washington, DC. It stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving its heritage, while also serving an important purpose as a safe and affordable residence for women in DC!

Getting involved in historic preservation in Washington, DC, is a rewarding experience that not only helps in safeguarding the District’s architectural treasures but also enriches our understanding of American history. Whether through volunteering, education, advocacy, or community service, each contribution plays a vital role in preserving the nation’s capital for generations to come. 

By actively participating in historic preservation initiatives, you become part of the ongoing story of Washington, DC, a city that continues to be shaped and remembered through its historic landmarks and communities.


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

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Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.