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Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

July 26, 2013 - June 8, 2014

Second Floor: 5th Street Side

An IWWL participant captures a new angle on Shaw.
An Investigating Where We Live participant captures a new angle on Shaw.
Photo by Museum staff.

Investigating Where We Live is a five week summer program at the National Building Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Participants use digital cameras, creative writing, interviews, and their own observations to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in D.C. neighborhoods.

With the help of the National Park Service and the Historical Society of Washington, the 2013 participants have answered the question, "What does the past have to do with the future?" They became the curators, selecting photos and writings that investigated this question in the context of the Shaw neighborhood and explained the importance of preserving the entire city’s shared history.

Since Investigating Where We Live began in 1996, 500 teens have explored and interpreted neighborhoods across the District, and created visual ways of expressing themselves. Learn how to participate in Investigating Where We Live next summer!

See more of the Investigating Where We Live participants' work and follow Outreach Programs on:

  • Updates on Facebook
  • Search for #iwwl13 on Twitter and Instagram

Feel free to comment, share stories about these neighborhoods, or respond to the participants' photos!



Investigating Where We Live is generously supported by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Bloomberg, Hattie M. Strong Foundation, Clark Charitable Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Tower Companies, and an anonymous donor. Additional support for teen outreach programs is provided by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; MARPAT Foundation, Inc.; McGraw Hill Financial; and Prince Charitable Trusts. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official Meal Provider for Teen Outreach Programs at the National Building Museum.