Wish You Were Here - Greetings from Hometown Washington, DC

Join Jerry A. McCoy, Special Collections Librarian at the Carnegie Library’s Washingtoniana Division, for  a unique lecture that explores the history of postcard production in the US, as well as a virtual tour of DC's "hometown" buildings as depicted on vintage postcards paired with a view of what occupies the site today.

About the presenter:
Jerry A. McCoy moved to Washington, DC in 1978 and from the very beginning found himself drawn to the study of the District of Columbia’s “hometown” history.  Since 2000 he has been surrounded by this history as special collections librarian and archivist for the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division, housed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, and the Peabody Room.

The latter, a special collections housed at the DCPL’s Georgetown Branch Library, was nearly destroyed by fire in 2007.  Over a three year period, McCoy shepherded the collections’ return to public use, resulting in him receiving the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s “Charles Atherton Award for Exceptional Service by a Dedicated Public Sector Professional” in 2009 and a “Stewardship” award from the District of Columbia Office of Planning & Historic Preservation Office and the DC Preservation League in 2012.

McCoy lives in downtown Silver Spring where he founded the Silver Spring Historical Society in 1998.  He served as chief historical consultant of the 2002 WETA-26 PBS documentary Silver Spring: Story of an American Suburb and he has published two Arcadia books, Historic Silver Spring and Downtown Silver Spring.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, D.C., on view in the Suman Sorg gallery July 10 – Sept. 8.