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  • Washington, District of Columbia - The official web site of the Government of the District of Columbia. Includes news, web links, and information about the city and about local government services.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions - Neighborhood bodies that advise the District government on issues affecting their local areas. Has a directory of ANCs, including members, meeting schedules and contact information.
  • Commission on the Arts and Humanities - Promotes local artists and arts activities. Includes information on grants and art education.
  • Department of Corrections - Operates the DC Jail and other correctional facilities. Site has information and statistics.
  • Department of Health - Describes the agency's programs, such as addiction, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, medical insurance, preventive health, and environmental services. Includes a calendar of events, health alerts, news releases, reports, and information on licenses and on birth and death certificates.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles - Provides information on driver's licenses, auto registrations and auto inspections.
  • Department of Parks and Recreation - Describes recreational facilities and programs, including classes, sports leagues, and child care.
  • Department of Transportation - Provides access to transportation-related services and information.
  • Emergency Management Agency - Coordinates the response to disasters, emergencies, and severe weather. Includes news and emergency guidelines.
  • Office of Community Affairs - Serves as a liaison between government and community organizations. Site includes a directory of civic and neighborhood associations and links to a calendar of community events and meetings.
  • Office of the Attorney General - The legal office for the DC government. Includes news and information on the agency and its programs.
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development - Includes news, press releases, strategic plan, directory of business resources, and information on programs such as development incentives for housing and small business, development areas, and the DC Enterprise Zone.
  • Sports & Entertainment Commission - Schedule of upcoming events at RFK Stadium and DC Armory and seating diagrams.
  • Washington Convention Center - Information for meeting planners, exhibitors, vendors and attendees. Has a calendar of events, visitor information (hotels, restaurants, parking), and background on the convention center.


  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education - Includes news, publications, meetings, teacher preparation information, professional development, and state chapters.
  • The Black Student Fund - Offers scholarships and support to low-income African-American children at participating schools, grades K-12, in the metropolitan area. Features programs, news, member schools and events.
  • D.C. LEARNs - Coalition of organizations providing literacy services. Includes information on member organizations and newsletters.
  • DCPS Watch - Covers local education issues and news concerning DC public schools.
  • District of Columbia Public School System - District news and information for students and parents and an index of schools.
  • Everybody Wins! DC - Non-profit organization that promotes children's literacy by pairing students with reading mentors. Includes program description and newsletter.
  • Goethe-Institut Washington - German cultural and information centre specializing in German language courses and cultural events.
  • ICLS Language Training Services - ICLS offers courses in ESL and over 70 languages, TOEFL preparation, and evening programs in English, Spanish and French.
  • Lado International College - English language school both for those trying to learn English and those seeking the TEFL teaching certificate.
  • Mentors, Inc - A private, nonprofit organization that pairs Washington, DC public high school students with trained adult mentors.
  • State Education Office - Its responsibilities include administering nutrition programs, such as the school lunch program, and financial aid programs, such as the DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program for college study. Includes news, reports, legislation, program information, and links to web sites related to local education.
  • Washington Metropolitan Scholars - WMS provides private college scholarship for African American students in the Washington metropolitan area. Includes information on programs, eligibility, ways to donate.
  • Washington Post: Education - News articles and columns on education in the area.

Society and Culture

  • DCMetroDads - Loose association of dad groups in the Washington DC area. Playgroups, events, photographs, resources and related links, and information about local chapters.
  • The Divas of DC - Hosts programs where young adults get together for movies, parties, book clubs, theatre, dinner, and sporting activities. Features news, groups and events.
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund - Washington, DC - Report on statutes as they relate to domestic violence. Includes grading criteria.
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform - Working to help the American public convince Congress that United States immigration must be reduced. Information and links on a wide variety of immigration-related topics.
  • Greater Washington Urban League Parent Center - Works to establish a way to directly impact parenting skills development and to provide parents with information on resources and activities within the community. Features resources, internship and volunteer opportunities, community guides and a calendar.
  • Lava Lamp City - Discussion board for area residents.


  • Art Museum of the Americas - Collection of 20th-century Latin American and Caribbean art, special Latin American art exhibits and related educational programs. Features exhibitions, a virtual gallery, educational resources, services and directions.
  • Black Fashion Museum - Non-profit cultural institution that is a repository for antique and contemporary garments that have been designed, made, and/or worn by people of color. Features events, membership information, student design competition and press releases.
  • City Museum of Washington, DC - Museum and research library devoted to the local history of the city and its neighborhoods, operated by the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Although the museum exhibits are temporarily closed, the research library is open. Includes information on the museum, the history and activities of the society, a calendar of events, and an overview and searchable catalog of the library collections.
  • Dumbarton House - A Federal period historic house museum in Georgetown, dating from 1798. Includes calendar of events, museum information, and history and photos of the house.
  • Hillwood Museum and Gardens - Features the most comprehensive collection of 18th- and 19th-century Russian imperial art outside of Russia and one of the world's most important collections of 18th-century French decorative arts on a twenty-five acre estate with pleasure gardens and important azalea and orchid collections. Features visitor information, museum shop, volunteer and employment opportunities, photographic tour and online exhibitions.
  • International Spy Museum - Exhibits focus on human intelligence and reveal the role spies have played in world events throughout history. Features visitor information, calendar, membership information, employment opportunities, directions and museum shop.
  • The Kreeger Museum - Works of Impressionists and American artists from the 1850s to the 1970s, and a collection of traditional pieces from west and central Africa. Features visitor's information, programs, membership information, volunteer opportunities and educational resources.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art DC - Features current exhibits, directions, membership information, and previous exhibitions.
  • National Building Museum - Dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture and related disciplines. Features lectures, exhibitions, news, online exhibits [requires Flash], educational programs and resources, employment and internship opportunities and membership information.
  • National Gallery of Art - Collection illustrates major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Features exhibitions, online tours, educational programs and resources, internship, fellowship and volunteer opportunities, programs, events, gallery shop and collection guides in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  • National Geographic Museum Explorers Hall - Past and current Society expeditions come to life through interactive programs and artifacts. Features exhibits, map and hours.
  • The Navy Museum - Located at the Washington Navy Yard and featuring exhibits and activities related to U.S. naval history. Includes calendar, events and exhibits, mission, visitor information and links.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - America's national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust history. Offers extensive exhibits, collections, library, and arts and educational programs.
  • U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - Information on the creation of a new facility for visitors at the U.S. Capitol. Includes design plans, artist renderings, and construction summaries.
  • Woodrow Wilson House - Presidential museum and National Trust Historic site. Woodrow Wilson history, calendar of events and exhibitions, educational programs, tour preview, staff directory, directions and rental information.


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