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Susan K. Siegel
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Executive Director, James Madison Council

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MC Bulletin Spring 2021

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  • Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote. June 4, 2019–September 2020.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. . . . In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object.

    —Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, 1848

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Library of Congress has launched a landmark exhibition on the women’s suffrage movement.  This exhibition tells the compelling story of the largest reform movement in American history – establishing not just women’s voting rights but also a legacy of defending the exercise of free speech, free assembly and the right to dissent for all Americans.  The exhibition features the Library’s unsurpassed documentary record of the suffrage campaign from its early roots in the abolition and temperance campaigns through its final victory. Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote is made possible by The Library of Congress James Madison Council with additional support from 1st Financial Bank USA, Democracy Fund, AARP, Council member Thomas V. Girardi, HISTORY®, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, and Council members Roger and Julie Baskes. Southwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.

  • Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times. Through August 27, 2019.

    This exhibition was inspired by original drawings created for distribution in newspapers by Herbert L. Block (1909–2001), who won three Pulitzer Prizes and became known simply as "Herblock." During Herblock's seventy-two-year career, he created incisive editorial cartoons about life-changing events, controversial issues, and public figures. Art in Action thematically pairs Herblock's political cartoons with artists' prints, drawings, and posters. These juxtapositions underscore how various artists across time and place can be kindred spirits in expressing concerns about the world they inhabit.

    All works in this exhibition are from the Prints and Photographs Division collections at the Library of Congress. The generous support of the Herb Block Foundation has made possible an ongoing series of triennial exhibitions based on the Library's extensive archive of Herblock's work. Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.

  • Exploring the Early Americas. Ongoing exhibition, opened December 12, 2007. Features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere. The Jay I. Kislak Collection and exhibition were made possible by Madison Council member Jay I. Kislak (1922-2018) and the Jay and Jean Kislak Foundation. Northwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
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