Senior Scholar (Non-Resident)
Mara Cherkasky is a DC-based historian and writer. In 2014 she co-founded, with Sarah Shoenfeld, both the historical research firm Prologue DC, LLC, and the digital public history project Mapping Segregation in Washington DC. Based on lot-by-lot research of archived real estate records, this ongoing endeavor reveals the profound impact of racially restricted housing on the nation’s capital in the 20th century.
Other projects include exhibit panels, books and articles for print and online publications, multi-media presentations, and historic site signage for clients such as the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, Cultural Tourism DC, and the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation. A meticulous researcher, Mara has assisted the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, WETA-TV, the DC Historic Preservation Office, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and many others with projects. She is also an experienced oral history interviewer and walking tour guide.
Mara holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in American Studies from the George Washington University.