Founded in 2013
Washington Street Historical Society (WSHS) aims to restore the forgotten history of the earliest Arabic-speaking community in the United States back into the Great American Story. Our mission is to foster education and awareness about the early Arab immigrant settlement on Washington Street in Lower Manhattan in the late nineteenth century: a neighborhood once known as the Syrian Quarter.
Al Qalam Touring App
The WSHS Touring App is a unique bilingual application that offers a virtual tour of the historic Little Syria neighborhood. In the coming year, we plan to launch an augmented reality app that will bring the history, poetry, and artwork of Little Syria to life. This app will provide additional information on the artwork of our upcoming Poets in the Park monument as well as the poets of Little Syria.