National Building Museum: Investigating Where We Live - Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

Investigating Where We Live (IWWL) 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 IWWL 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 IWWL next summer!