Four current exhibitions at the Library of Congress

Current Exhibitions

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

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. The materials are drawn extensively from the Rosa Parks Collection, a gift to the Library of Congress from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Tells the story of the seventy-two-year campaign for women’s suffrage. Considered the largest reform movement in American history, its participants believed that securing the vote was essential to achieving women’s economic, social, and political equality. For years, determined women organized, lobbied, paraded, petitioned, lectured, picketed, and faced imprisonment. Their collective story is one of courage, perseverance, savvy, creativity, and hope that continues to inspire activists today.

Geppi Gems

Showcases a selection of Stephen A Geppi’s generous donation to the Library of Congress of contents from the Geppi Entertainment Museum that closed its doors in 2018. They represent themes from the museum, including Walt Disney’s iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports music and entertainment.

Exploring the Early Americas

Examine indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the resulting changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds, which features selections from the Jay I. Kislak Collection. This exhibit also features Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map of the world—the first on which the word “America” appears.

Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood

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.

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From the Home Front and the Front Lines

Consists of original materials and oral histories drawn from the Veterans History Project collections at the Library of Congress.

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