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Celebrating DC’s Rich History During National Preservation Month

Celebrating DC’s Rich History During National Preservation Month

May is a special time in Washington, DC, as it marks National Preservation Month, a period dedicated to appreciating and safeguarding the nation’s historical treasures. This celebration, initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973, emphasizes the importance of preserving our cultural heritage for future generations.

The Importance of National Preservation Month

National Preservation Month serves as a reminder of the critical role that historic preservation plays in maintaining our national identity and fostering community pride. It’s a time to reflect on the successes of the National Historic Preservation Act, which has protected countless historic sites since its enactment in 1966. By celebrating this month, we honor the efforts to conserve the physical and cultural landmarks that tell the story of our nation’s past.

Iconic Historic Preservation Sites in DC

Washington, DC, is a city steeped in history, with numerous sites that have been preserved for their historical significance. Some iconic locations include:

  • The White House: A symbol of the American presidency and a key historic site that has been preserved for over two centuries.
  • The U.S. Capitol: This architectural marvel stands as a testament to the nation’s democratic values and history.
  • The Lincoln Memorial: A monument dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln, preserving the memory of his leadership during a pivotal time in American history.
  • The National Mall: This expansive park is home to numerous monuments and memorials, including the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial, each telling a part of the nation’s story.
  • Georgetown Historic District: This charming neighborhood is known for its well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture, cobblestone streets, and rich history as a bustling port and trading center.
  • Ford’s Theatre: The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre is now a working theater and museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting this critical moment in American history.
  • The Library of Congress: As the largest library in the world, it not only houses millions of books, manuscripts, and maps but also stands as a symbol of knowledge and cultural preservation.

Ways to Celebrate National Preservation Month in DC

There are numerous ways to celebrate National Preservation Month in Washington, DC. Here are some ideas to get involved:

  • Explore Local Historic Sites: Take a tour of the city’s iconic landmarks and learn about their historical significance. “A Local’s Guide to Uncovering Hidden Gems in DC” can help you discover lesser-known sites.
  • Participate in Preservation Events: Join local events and workshops that focus on historic preservation. Check out the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website for a list of activities.
  • Support Local Preservation Organizations: Get involved with groups that are dedicated to preserving the city’s cultural heritage.
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Learn more about the history of Washington, DC, and share your knowledge with friends and family to spread awareness about the importance of preservation.

Thompson-Markward Hall and Historic Preservation

Thompson-Markward Hall, located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, is surrounded by a rich tapestry of history and architectural elegance. This area is known for its beautifully preserved 19th-century row houses, charming streets, and significant landmarks such as the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress. The hall itself, established in 1931, is a testament to the area’s commitment to preserving its heritage while providing a welcoming space for young women. Its own unique history, alongside the building’s proximity to some of the nation’s most important institutions and the vibrant past of Capitol Hill, make Thompson-Markward Hall a noteworthy part of this historic district.

National Preservation Month is a time to celebrate and honor the rich history of Washington, DC, and the efforts to preserve its cultural landmarks. By participating in preservation activities and learning about the city’s past, residents and visitors alike can contribute to the ongoing preservation of our national heritage. Let’s take this opportunity to appreciate the stories and structures that make our capital city unique.

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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

Rules

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

Weekly Menu

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.