Events at the Library of Congress

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Tour: Exploring the Early Americas Exhibition Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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    This tour examines indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Maya, Aztec, and Inca cultures and European explorers and settlers, and the changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds. It features selections from the Jay I. Kislak Collection as well as the Waldseemüller Maps, created in 1507 and 1516. Northwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks, created by American suffragists who persisted for more than 70 years to win voting rights for women, will be featured in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. Southwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Exploring the Early Americas Exhibition Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Exploring the Early Americas 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. Northwest Gallery
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    Thomas Jefferson's Library Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Take a self-guided trip through a re-created version of Jefferson’s library, which assembles 6,487 volumes that founded the Library of Congress, and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired through the world of books. Southwest Gallery
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    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Thomas Jefferson building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library, America's oldest cultural institution: its history, collections, and services for Congress and the nation. Ground Floor Information Desk
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Herblock Gallery Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    The Herblock Gallery celebrates the work of editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block—better known as "Herblock"—with an ongoing display of ten original drawings, to change every six months, drawn from the Library's extensive Herbert L. Block Collection. Graphic Arts Gallery
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    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to the brothers who helped provide a musical background to the period. The exhibition contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos, personal and business correspondence, photographs, paintings, and drawings, all from the Gershwin Collection in... George and Ira Gershwin Room
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Abel Buell’s New and Correct Map of the United States of North America is the first map of the newly independent United States compiled, printed, and published in America by an American. This important early American map is known to exist in only seven copies. Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has generously placed his copy of the map at the Library. Great Hall North Gallery
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    Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture Wednesday
    August 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Politicians and entertainers have dominated public life in America for much of the twentieth century. Members of both professions have found their worlds increasingly entangled. The exhibition explores some of these entanglements, focusing on the careers of Bob Hope and other entertainers who were involved in the political climate of their times. Explore artifacts that represent an array of viewpoints on the interplay of... Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment

Thursday, August 22, 2019

  • Event | film and video screenings
    "High School" (Zipporah Films, 1968) Thursday
    August 22, 2019
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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    Filmmaker Fred Wiseman employed the techniques of a burgeoning documentary style known as direct cinema to capture reality truthfully and without narration. Wiseman roamed freely through Philadelphia's Northeast High School to document students continually clashing with administrators who confuse learning with discipline. Packard Campus Theater
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Thursday
    August 22, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks, created by American suffragists who persisted for more than 70 years to win voting rights for women, will be featured in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. Southwest Gallery
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "Mary Poppins"
    Event has been rescheduled
    Thursday
    August 22, 2019
    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm EDT
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    Alleged to be Walt Disney's personal favorite from all of his many classic films, "Mary Poppins" is based upon a book by P.L. Travers. North Lawn of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building
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    Exploring the Early Americas Exhibition Thursday
    August 22, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Exploring the Early Americas 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. Northwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Thomas Jefferson's Library Thursday
    August 22, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Take a self-guided trip through a re-created version of Jefferson’s library, which assembles 6,487 volumes that founded the Library of Congress, and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired through the world of books. Southwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Thursday
    August 22, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Thomas Jefferson building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library, America's oldest cultural institution: its history, collections, and services for Congress and the nation. Ground Floor Information Desk