Events at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

  • Event | special events
    Display: Stonewall at 50 - LGBTQ+ Activism in the United States Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    Display marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of events between police and LGBTQ+ protesters that lasted six days. Great Hall
  • Event | special events
    Display: Whitman Bicentennial Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    To mark the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, the Library will display poetry, images and ephemera from Whitman’s life in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Five cases will display Whitman’s handwritten drafts, published poems, original letters, portraits and other rarely seen materials. Great Hall
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    North Mississippi Homeplace: Photographs and Folklife, a book talk by Michael Ford Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    In 2014 the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress acquired Michael Ford's collection of films and photographs documenting grassroots community life in northern Mississippi. The Michael Ford Mississippi Collection includes documentation of music, farming traditions, blacksmithing, molasses making, and other aspects of community life in LaFayette, Marshall, Tate, and Panola Counties, Mississippi, during the early 1970s. In addition to the 2019 book,... Whittall Pavilion (LJ-G45E)
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Art in Action: Conversation with Helen Zughaib Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Helen Zughaib’s work engages with contemporary political issues, including the experiences of refugees, and is on view in the exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times. Prints & Photographs curator Katherine Blood will interview the artist about her work and the two will discuss the role of art in social movements, artists as change makers, and the nature and... LJ-119
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "Whitman in Culpeper" - followed by "Shenandoah" (Universal, 1965) Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    For two months in early 1864, poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman (1819-1892) resided in Culpeper, Virginia, while serving as a volunteer nurse in the Army of the Potomac’s nearby field hospitals. Packard Campus Theater
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Thomas Jefferson's Library Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
    Herblock Gallery Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
    Baseball Americana Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT
    The major "Baseball Americana" exhibition celebrates baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. South Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times Thursday
    May 23, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    New exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. Graphic Arts Gallery