Submit to the March 2023 DC History Conference

The 49th annual DC History Conference will take place March 23-25, 2023. This means that Friday, December 2, 2022, is the deadline to submit a proposal for conference sessions, including poster, individual and panel presentations, community roundtables and creative expressions of history.

The DC History Conference is a three-day interdisciplinary community conference considering the District’s past, present and future. The March 2023 conference will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and is free of charge for attendees. 


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Rainbow History to launch Mayor-funded Trans History Initiative

The Rainbow History Project has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs to launch a Trans History Initiative to better integrate the often-under-represented histories of Trans people into RHP’s existing programming.

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Who We Are

Rainbow History Project’s mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history and culture of the LGBTQ community of metropolitan Washington, D.C. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization and membership is free.

Our Archives

Our collection of nearly 2,000 items is accessible to anyone interested in LGBTQ history. The collection media includes physical, digital, video and photographs, plus oral histories and other sound files.

Our Events

Join us throughout the year for informative in-person and virtual events about important topics and issues in our community’s history. We host presentations, informal talks, walking tours and more.

News Updates

November 12, 2022

RHP to Launch Mayor-funded Trans History Initiative

The Rainbow History Project has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Mayor’s Office […]

September 30, 2022

Outwrite panel message: ‘We all need stories’

There are many things to know about the multi-faceted, multi-talented Jill Strachan, but here’s […]

September 15, 2022

Periodicals donated are a ‘time capsule’ of African American LGBTQ life

Noted Washington playwright Alan Sharpe remembers coming to D.C. and first encountering an array […]

September 15, 2022

U.S. Naval Academy interns make RHP collections more accessible

In June, the DC History Center, Rainbow History Project’s archival partner, hosted three U.S. […]

Donate an item to our collection

Rainbow History Project continually collects materials to ensure that the history of the D.C. area’s LGBTQ community is documented and can be shared with future generations. Your materials are important and RHP is interested!