DC History Needs Your Help

$3,100 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 1 month
Suau Thomas John
for Historical Society of Washington DC
Help us update our aging IT infrastructure!

We are very close to our $18,000 goal! As of April 18, 2017, we have received $17,100 in online and offline donations. Help us close the gap today!

Read the DCist.com Article About Our Campaign

Historical Society Needs Some Modern Help To Preserve The Past

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is your home for local DC history. With your support, we bring our resources to the widest possible audience through technology.

But our 15-year-old server is failing. In server terms, it is ancient history. So is much of our other IT equipment.

What does the server do?

It hosts software that gives you access to archival information. That software is how we track the details and location of every single item in our care: artifacts, documents, photographs, and library books. It also stores years of organizational data.

These IT updates will protect us from server failure and increase functionality for staff, volunteers, and patrons. PLUS it will finally give patrons and staff strong WiFi!

Our limited resources mean we can't just buy new equipment without your support.

What We Need
- IT Labor ($7,000) – a local D.C.-based IT consultancy that works only for nonprofits
- Server with 12TB disk capacity ($6,500)
- Firewall and Wireless Access Points ($2,500)
- New switches ($900)
- UPS/Large surge protector for server ($500)
- Server software ($125)
+ Other misc. costs ($675)

We are very close to our $18,000 goal! As of April 18, 2017, we have received $17,100 in online and offline donations.

About the Historical Society

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is a community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation’s capital. Founded in 1894, it serves a diverse audience through its collections, public programs, exhibitions, and publications.

Washington is known throughout the world as a monumental federal city. Less well-known are the stories of Washington’s many diverse and vibrant communities. The Historical Society helps make this local history easily accessible to the public to promote a sense of identity, place, and pride in Washington and to preserve this heritage for future generations.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted.
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Update 1
Posted by Suau Thomas John
12 days ago
Thanks to generous offline donations last week, we are pleased to announce we only have $1,000 left to raise.* Thank you to all of our supporters. Please donate today!

*Without the ability to add offline donations, we have reduced the goal of the campaign on our GoFundMe page to reflect this change.
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$3,100 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 1 month
Created March 29, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Historical Society of Washington DC
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Over the top!

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As a D.C. resident and Statehood supporter, I'm so pleased to support HSW!

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