Events at the Library of Congress

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Climate Change, Nature, and The Writer's Eye Wednesday
    March 20, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
    Science writer Peter Brannen and internationally acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh will join 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, Annie Proulx to discuss pressing issues of environmental change and a writer’s responsibilities to them. Book sales and signing to follow. Free tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Wednesday
    March 20, 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 Wednesday
    March 20, 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 Wednesday
    March 20, 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 Wednesday
    March 20, 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 Wednesday
    March 20, 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 Wednesday
    March 20, 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 Wednesday
    March 20, 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
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Wednesday
    March 20, 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
    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
    Baseball Americana Wednesday
    March 20, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    A free docent-led tour of Baseball Americana, meet at the exhibition entrance. South Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Tour: Exploring the Early Americas Exhibition Wednesday
    March 20, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    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
    Gallery Talk: Las Casas in Mesoamerica Wednesday
    March 20, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Bartolomé de las Casas was an early Spanish historian and Dominican missionary. His writings documented indigenous life in the Americas at the time of contact and attempted to persuade the Spanish Empire that indigenous peoples deserved humane treatment. John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, will discuss Las Casas and his works, including items on display in Exploring the Early Americas. Northwest Gallery

Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Event | concerts and performances
    Vishten-French Canadian music from Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands Thursday
    March 21, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Vishten is a powerful trio of Acadian singers and multi-instruments who perform Canadian music with French and Celtic roots and rock energy. Acadians are the descendants of French settlers of Canada’s Atlantic provinces. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Polarization and Political Discourse in the U.S. Thursday
    March 21, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    David C. Barker, Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Professor of Government at American University as well as the author of "One Nation, Two Realities" with Morgan Marietta (forthcoming 2019), and Lilliana Mason, Professor of Government at the University of Maryland and author of "Uncivil Agreement"(2018), are nationally recognized experts on the roots and manifestations of political polarization. LJ-119
  • Event | courses and workshops
    "Warning Signs of the Holocaust: Could We See It Coming?" History Unfolded Research Sprint Thursday
    March 21, 2019
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Help us research historic newspapers from Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma to find out how American newspapers reported on Nazi persecution of Jews during the violence and chaos of the early months of 1933 following Hitler's rise to power. Contact: Erin Sidwell [email protected] Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Thursday
    March 21, 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