Events at the Library of Congress

Monday May 23, 2022

Tuesday May 24, 2022

  • Event | concerts and performances
    ARC Ensemble Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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    Online Only
    The ARC Ensemble musicians (Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada) are considered among Canada’s leading cultural ambassadors. Its 20-year history of excellent concerts and superbly-produced recordings documents the ensemble’s focus on the research and rediscovery of music suppressed and marginalized under the 20th century’s repressive regimes.
    This event will be livestreamed on YouTube External.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Exploring the Early Americas Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Northwest Gallery
    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. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Geppi Gems Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Graphic Arts Gallery
    Showcases a selection of Stephen A. Geppi’s generous donation to the Library of comic art. The exhibition represents themes from the Geppi's former museum, including Walt Disney’s iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports music and entertainment.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Northwest Curtain, Second Floor
    The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. This display includes material from the Library’s collections that highlights the work of each of the past Gershwin prize recipients as well as the 2022 recipient, pop music icon Lionel Richie.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    George and Ira Gershwin Room
    Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to brothers George and Ira Gershwin, 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, correspondence, photos, paintings, and drawings, all from the Library's Gershwin Collection,...
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Northwest Gallery
    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. The exhibition comprises maps of the northeastern and southeastern regions of the United States.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    "Not an Ostrich" and Other Images from America's Library Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Gallery
    Organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and drawn from the photo collections of the Library of Congress, this exhibition presents a taste of this institution’s spectacular holdings of more than 14 million images. Photos reproduced for this exhibition, made between 1839 and today, trace the evolution of photography, from daguerreotypes and other early processes to contemporary digital technology.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Olmsted Bicentennial Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall East Gallery
    The Library of Congress marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted — the landscape architect and writer who designed the U.S. Capitol grounds and many public parks and university campuses — with a special five-case exhibit charting Olmsted’s life experience, philosophy and legacy in promoting the benefits of access to the natural world, parks for recreation and revitalization, and shared public...
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    South Gallery
    This exhibition showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Thomas Jefferson's Library Tuesday
    May 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Pavilion
    Take a 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.

Wednesday May 25, 2022

  • Event | courses and workshops
    A Conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah for Africa Day Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian-born novelist and academic, in celebration of Africa Day. Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize winner in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism."
    This event will be livestreamed on YouTube External.
  • Event | concerts and performances
    Restitution, Restoration & Repertoire: New Findings in the Wanda Landowska Collection Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Wanda Landowska waited until the bombs were in close range before she fled her home outside of Paris on June 10, 1940, leaving behind her rare musical instruments and most of her vast music library, all of which were confiscated by the Nazi Sonderstab Musik.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Exploring the Early Americas Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Northwest Gallery
    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. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Geppi Gems Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
    Add to calendar
    Graphic Arts Gallery
    Showcases a selection of Stephen A. Geppi’s generous donation to the Library of comic art. The exhibition represents themes from the Geppi's former museum, including Walt Disney’s iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports music and entertainment.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Northwest Curtain, Second Floor
    The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. This display includes material from the Library’s collections that highlights the work of each of the past Gershwin prize recipients as well as the 2022 recipient, pop music icon Lionel Richie.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
    Add to calendar
    George and Ira Gershwin Room
    Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to brothers George and Ira Gershwin, 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, correspondence, photos, paintings, and drawings, all from the Library's Gershwin Collection,...
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
    Add to calendar
    Northwest Gallery
    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. The exhibition comprises maps of the northeastern and southeastern regions of the United States.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    "Not an Ostrich" and Other Images from America's Library Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
    Add to calendar
    Southwest Gallery
    Organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and drawn from the photo collections of the Library of Congress, this exhibition presents a taste of this institution’s spectacular holdings of more than 14 million images. Photos reproduced for this exhibition, made between 1839 and today, trace the evolution of photography, from daguerreotypes and other early processes to contemporary digital technology.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Olmsted Bicentennial Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall East Gallery
    The Library of Congress marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted — the landscape architect and writer who designed the U.S. Capitol grounds and many public parks and university campuses — with a special five-case exhibit charting Olmsted’s life experience, philosophy and legacy in promoting the benefits of access to the natural world, parks for recreation and revitalization, and shared public...
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
    Add to calendar
    South Gallery
    This exhibition showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure.
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Thomas Jefferson's Library Wednesday
    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Pavilion
    Take a 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.

Thursday May 26, 2022

  • Event | courses and workshops
    The Fires of Philadelphia Thursday
    May 26, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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    LJ-119
    Join us for a conversation with historian and author Zachary M. Schrag on his book "The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation." In Philadelphia in 1844, anti-immigrant ideologues burned churches and fought people in the streets as militia struggled to restore order.
    This event will be livestreamed on zoomgov.com External.
  • Event | special events
    Live! at the Library Thursday
    May 26, 2022
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall
    The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions will be open for extended hours on Thursdays. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and food available for purchase in the Great Hall and the Jefferson Building’s beautiful architecture while immersing themselves in the Library’s exhibits, collections and programs.