Events at the Library of Congress

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I Wednesday
    October 17, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
    Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists Wednesday
    October 17, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    This exhibition brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, the exhibition highlights the gradual broadening in both the private and public spheres, of women’s roles and interests, and demonstrates that women once constrained by social conditions and convention, have gained immense new opportunities for... Graphic Arts Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Wednesday
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Wednesday
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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
    October 17, 2018
    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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Why Hannah Mather Crocker's "Observations on the Real Rights of Women" Matters at 200 Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Eileen Hunt Botting will discuss the importance of Hannah Mather Crocker's Observations on the Real Rights of Women (Boston, 1818), the first book on women's rights published by an American. Rosenwald Room
  • Event | film and video screenings
    Only Yesterday (Universal, 1933) Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    A powerful pre-code melodrama chronicling the love of a single mother for the man who had fathered her child and then forgot her. Spanning the period from 1917 and America’s entry into World War I to the stock market crash of 1929, the film was nominally based on a bestselling social history of 1920’s America by the editor of Harper’s Magazine. Pickford Theater (LM-302)
  • Event | concerts and performances
    François Couperin at 350 Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset returns to the Library with colleagues from his superb ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, renowned for benchmark interpretations of music from Monteverdi to Berlioz. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
    Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    This exhibition brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, the exhibition highlights the gradual broadening in both the private and public spheres, of women’s roles and interests, and demonstrates that women once constrained by social conditions and convention, have gained immense new opportunities for... Graphic Arts Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    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
    October 18, 2018
    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
    October 18, 2018
    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
    October 18, 2018
    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
    October 18, 2018
    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
    October 18, 2018
    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
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    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 Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    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: Echoes of the Great War Exhibition Thursday
    October 18, 2018
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    View highlights of the exhibition Echoes of the Great War and discover arguments about America's involvement in World War I, experiences of the war over here and over there, and the world the war created in this 30-minute tour. Meet at the entrance to the exhibition to join the tour. Southwest Gallery