Events at the Library of Congress

Featured Event

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  • Event | concerts and performances
    Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams Wednesday
    December 12, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Featuring Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd travels to the Library with his great band of troubadours and companions, The Marvels, plus an artist he dubs “a poet…an authentic American voice:” singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I Wednesday
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    The stories of Americans in World War I -- General John J. Pershing, soldiers, nurses and Red Cross volunteers -- will come to light in this major exhibition. "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into the Great War, on April 6, 1917, when Congress formally declared war on the... Southwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Wednesday
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm EST
    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
    Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts Wednesday
    December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials. Great Hall
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Wednesday
    December 12, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EST
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
    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
    December 12, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
    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
    visitas guiadas en español Wednesday
    December 12, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
    Centro para Visitantes de la Biblioteca del Congreso ofrecerá visitas guiadas en español del edificio Thomas Jefferson. Visitor Assembly Area

Thursday, December 13, 2018

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Working Towards a Feminist History of Printing Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
    Please join The Rare Book and Special Collections Division as we host the American Printing History Association's 2018 Lieberman Lecture by book historian Sarah Werner, "Working Towards a Feminist History of Printing." Rosenwald Room
  • Event | film and video screenings
    The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
    A book talk with Maxine Gordon, author of "Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon," followed by a screening of the film "‘Round Midnight" (PG, 133 mins.), directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Pickford Theater (LM-302)
  • Event | film and video screenings
    Pre-Code Double Feature Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
    A Pre-code double feature showcasing 35mm film prints produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab is scheduled for December 13 with screenings of William A. Wellman’s “The Star Witness,” followed by the rarely-seen crime drama “Those Who Dance.” Packard Campus Theater
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    The stories of Americans in World War I -- General John J. Pershing, soldiers, nurses and Red Cross volunteers -- will come to light in this major exhibition. "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into the Great War, on April 6, 1917, when Congress formally declared war on the... Southwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    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
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm EST
    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
    Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
    This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials. Great Hall
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Thursday
    December 13, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EST
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
    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