Spend the Chilly Months Inside the Library of Congress
This winter season, the Library will host a multitude of free programming that highlight musical genius, showcase film, open the doors of the Main Reading Room and introduces patrons to a world of knowledge and recent findings with lectures, symposiums and book talks. Winter is the perfect time for music enthusiasts to reserve their tickets for the spring “Concerts from the Library of Congress”...
November 13, 2017
Double Features, Musicals and Hollywood Stars on Screen at Packard Campus Theater
During double feature December, the Library’s Packard Campus will showcase pairs of films from the 1930s that feature great directors, Western cinematography, leading ladies and iconic romances. Titles include King Vidor’s New York City drama “Street Scene” paired with William A. Wellman’s rarely seen “Stingaree” and “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, paired with Cary Grant in the British romantic comedy “Romance...
November 13, 2017
Library to Host Symposium on Early Research of Papers of King George III
Scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, in the Georgian Papers at England’s Windsor Castle will reveal their early findings in a symposium Friday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress.The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure tickets, visit...
October 27, 2017
Library to Open "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists"
Original works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their...
October 19, 2017
Library Highlights Horrors of "The Blair Witch Project"
The Library of Congress today announced that the creators of “The Blair Witch Project,” a 1999 horror film known as one of the most successful independent movies ever made, will host a panel discussion during the Library’s Halloween festivities.The panel discussion, “Creating Modern Ghost Stories: The Blair Witch Project,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Coolidge Auditorium of...
October 18, 2017
Veterans History Project Celebrates Veterans Day at the Library
The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) will celebrate Veterans Day, between Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, with live book talks and a variety of performances, guided tours, workshops and other activities. The series of events, titled “Coming Home: Veterans Day at the Library of Congress,” will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library. From a letter-writing event for active-duty...
October 17, 2017
Veterans History Project Panel Discussion on Oral History Interviews
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a panel discussion, titled “On the Other Side of the Mic: Perspective from the Interviewer,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The panel will feature experts who will discuss how oral interviews serve the objectives of the U.S. American Vietnam War Commemoration (the Commemoration)...
October 16, 2017
November Film and Event Series at Packard Campus Theater
The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and conversation featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater. Smith will be joined by her husband of 20 years, Marty Stuart, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required for this free...
October 12, 2017
Library and WGBH Celebrate 50 Years of Preserving Public TV and Radio
The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting Friday, Nov. 3, 2 –6 p.m. The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in the Montpelier room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison...
October 4, 2017
Library of Congress Opens Up the Chambers of Mystery for Halloween Exhibition
The Library of Congress is presenting a host of tricks and treats with an autumn pop-up exhibition that embodies seasonal traditions of fantasy and folklore. Making a variety of rarely seen collection items more accessible to the general public, "LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery" will show-and-tell the intriguing tales of Halloween and Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, through a variety of...
September 20, 2017
Film Noir and Horror at the Packard Campus in October
Carl Reiner’s 1982 comedy “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” both a parody of and homage to 1940s film noir and detective movies, serves as the catalyst for a film series the first two weeks in October at the Library of Congress Packard Theater. In Reiner’s film, private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is surrounded by a supporting cast of stars from the past, including...
September 11, 2017
Autumn Events at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress will host an array of programming this fall season that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, welcomes a new poet laureate and introduces new ways to experience the nation’s library through author talks, tours and online offerings. After opening with a spectacular 2017 National Book Festival, the Library is following up with a commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15 with...
August 22, 2017
2017 National Book Festival Is a Literature Adventure for Kids of All Ages
From a great lineup of authors—including more than 40 who write for children and teens—to special guests like Captain Underpants and new, exciting activities designed to delight and inform, the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a literature adventure for kids of all ages. The 17th National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. to...
August 17, 2017
Live Performances and Silent Movies in September at Packard Campus
Six new and returning live acts take the stage at the Packard Campus Theater next month, ranging from the Malpass Brothers’ vintage country and gospel music, the three-part harmonies of Red Molly, and American songster Dom Flemons’ folk, banjo and jug band music — along with a night of stand-up comedy and the third appearance of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club. All live...
August 11, 2017
Library of Congress Marks Constitution Day with Award-Winning Professor
In commemoration of Constitution Day, the Law Library of Congress will host constitutional law and history professor Michael J. Klarman of Harvard Law School.The discussion will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in room LJ-119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.Klarman will...
June 12, 2017
Library to Host Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill
The Library of Congress will host a special outdoor film festival this summer to showcase several modern classics that have been added to the Library’s National Film Registry. The six-film series—“LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn”—will be presented on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. from July 13 through August 17 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from...
May 30, 2017
America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History
Between August 1914 and November 1918, World War I eradicated empires, ignited the Russian Revolution, reconfigured the world map and marked a turning point for the United States. A new book available today by Margaret E. Wagner, “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History,” published by Bloomsbury Press in association with the Library of Congress, commemorates the centennial of that...
May 26, 2017
Library Presents Pride Pop-Up Exhibit
The Library of Congress announces “Pride in the Library,” a pop-up display that will feature items from the Library’s extensive LGBTQ+ collections and will be on view June 8-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in addition to a series of special related programs. The display is free and open to the public. Free tickets are only required for the film screening. Tickets for the screening will...
May 26, 2017
Library to Celebrate the World of Comics
The Library of Congress is gearing up for a super summer treat celebrating the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy, as collectibles, in the arts, advertising, sociology, popular culture and history. Making a variety of collection items more accessible to the general public, the “Library of Awesome” features a pop-up display of famous comic-book issues, drawings, original comic strips and related...
May 5, 2017
Library Amps Up Summer with Pop-Up Exhibits
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that the Library will host a series of pop-up displays in its Thomas Jefferson Building to showcase a wider variety of its vast collections.The pop-ups will feature items related to current events or connect with something happening locally.“I am so thrilled to announce pop-ups at the Library of Congress,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “We have...
May 2, 2017
Library to Present Symposium on Civil Liberties During World War I
Distinguished legal scholars will examine the challenges to civil liberties during World War I, in a symposium at the Library of Congress on June 8.“Resistance and Rights: Civil Liberties during World War I” will take place from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. ...
May 1, 2017
Library Investigates "Mostly Lost" Films
The Library of Congress has a casting call out for scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts to participate in a cinematic treasure hunt by registering for its free “Mostly Lost” workshop at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17. The quest of the film detectives is to find clues that will lead to the identification of...
April 24, 2017
Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress May-July 2017
Note: Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code; additional venue information provided below listingsMay 1 – June 30DISPLAYOngoing display of JFK materials that includes special biographical information about JFK and books written by the former president. Also featured are books about Kennedy in foreign languages. Available for view Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall South...
April 21, 2017
Author Will Discuss Young People's Book on Famous Interracial Marriage Case
The author of a book for young people about a famous legal case that cleared the way for interracial marriage in the United States will speak at the Library of Congress on May 3, as this year’s Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program.Patricia Hruby Powell will speak about her new book, “Loving vs. Virginia,” which features illustrations by Shadra Strickland. Powell will lead a program...
April 17, 2017
Library Presents Lectures on Maps of World War I
The Library of Congress and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society will present “Mapping the Great War,” a program on May 25 featuring two lectures on the maps of World War I.The event will start at noon on Thursday, May 25, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.The program, free and...
April 11, 2017
Library Marks 100th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's Birth
The Library of Congress will mark the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birthday with special programming, including a film, lectures and a three-month display of the former president’s biographical materials and books.All programs are free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. Except for the film, the events will take place in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
April 7, 2017
Kluge Center to Host Panel on Religious Belief in American History, May 4
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion in May that will take a historical look at religious belief in America. From 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, three noted historians—John Witte, Sarah Barringer Gordon and Peter Manseau—will participate in a panel discussion on “Religion in American History: Moments of Crisis and Opportunity.” The program will...
April 4, 2017
"Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" Opens Today
The Library of Congress today opens a major exhibition to commemorate the centennial of World War I. “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” tells the stories of Americans in the war, through correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project.The exhibition is located in the Southwest Gallery on the...
March 31, 2017
Library Offers Events and Initiatives to Commemorate World War I
The Library of Congress continues its array of programming to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. The events and initiatives include exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, War Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the...
March 30, 2017
Book Talk to Explore How Spain and France Helped America Win the Revolution
According to author Larrie D. Ferreiro, the American Revolution had little chance of being won by the American colonists, if it had not been for the assistance of French and Spanish soldiers, money and weapons. In “Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It” (Knopf, 2016), Ferreiro discusses the odds against an American victory, with the colonists...
March 28, 2017
Library Announces Diverse Lineup of Authors for 2017 National Book Festival
The Library of Congress announced today that dozens of best-selling authors will speak and meet the public at the 17th annual National Book Festival. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.The diverse lineup of authors, poets and illustrators already committed...
March 27, 2017
Wayne Wiegand, Timothy Breen, and Jose Casanova To Deliver Kluge Center Lectures
Three lectures at the John W. Kluge Center this April and May will consider the distinctive role of public-school libraries; new perspectives on the American Revolution; and globalization through the prism of religion. The lectures will feature the work of senior scholars who have spent time in residence at the Library of Congress during the spring.The events, which are free and open to the...
March 23, 2017
Library to Host Series of Disco Events
The Library of Congress is presenting a series of disco-themed events to celebrate and memorialize the era of the mid-1970s and early 1980s that changed American art, fashion, language and sound. “Bibliodiscotheque” will include two months of programs such as film screenings, lectures and a symposium followed by a disco party featuring Gloria Gaynor.“The disco era has left a lasting mark on our culture,”...
March 13, 2017
Israeli Violinmaker Amnon Weinstein to Speak on "The Violins of Hope" March 23
Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violinmaker whose project “Violins of Hope,” locating and restoring violins played by Jewish victims of the Holocaust to commemorate their lives and bring hope to new generations, will speak about the project at the Library of Congress on Thursday, March 23 at noon. As part of the presentation, internationally known violinist Hannah Tarley will play musical selections on one of...
March 13, 2017
World War I, Art House and Comedy Films Featured in April
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA will commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entry into the First World War with three films set during the “War to End All Wars.” Titles include Howard Hawks' biographical film “Sergeant York,” which was added to the National Film Registry in 2008. Screenings are part of a series of Library events...
March 7, 2017
"Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations" Opens April 27
A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations,” will feature original art that captures the drama of high-profile court cases in the last 50 years.The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 27, 2017, and close on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017*, in the South Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
March 6, 2017
Special Display on Fort Ord at Library, March 17
The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project will present a special display of materials relating to the former Fort Ord, once the largest U.S. Army base in the American West, on March 17. The presentation is being held in conjunction with two films that will be shown at the National Gallery of Art on March 18.The display, which is free and open to the...
March 3, 2017
Director James Schamus to Screen "Indignation" at Library
Film director James Schamus will screen his film “Indignation” and field questions from film historian David Bordwell at the Library of Congress on March 13.“James Schamus on Philip Roth and the Art of Adaptation” will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 13, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave, S.E.,...
February 14, 2017
New Book Documents Civil Rights Movement In Photos from Outside Southern U.S.
Iconic images of the civil rights movement were largely photographed in the South. In a new volume of extraordinary photographs, historian Mark Speltz focuses on compelling civil rights images from north of the Mason-Dixon line, in places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Speltz will discuss and sign his book, “North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South” (J. Paul Getty Museum,...
February 11, 2017
Library's Packard Campus Theater Celebrates Women Filmmakers
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., will celebrate Women’s History Month by screening 15 features and a short, directed and/or written by women. The titles span from the silent era of comedy with Dorothy Arzner’s 1927 “Get Your Man” (a recent Library of Congress restoration) through the 21st Century with Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher” (2000) and Sophia Coppola’s...
February 7, 2017
Pioneer in African-American History Is Subject of Book Discussion
Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was only the second African American to work at the Library of Congress when he joined the staff in 1871; 10 years later he became assistant librarian, a position he held for 41 years. Murray bequeathed his papers to the Library upon his death in 1925.The story of Murray and the rise and fall of America’s black upper class...
February 7, 2017
"#Opera Before Instagram" Exhibition Travels to Los Angeles
The Library of Congress exhibition “#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955” will travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.Free and open to the public, the exhibition will close on Aug. 19, 2017. “#Opera Before Instagram” presents photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late...
January 27, 2017
Library to Host Events in Celebration of National Cherry Blossom Festival
The Library of Congress will host Japanese Culture Day on March 25 and a panel discussion on bonsai trees on April 11, in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., of its gift of cherry trees from Japan.Japanese Culture Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 in the Young Readers Center...
January 25, 2017
Library to Offer Array of Events and Initiatives to Mark the U.S. Entry into World War I
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Library of Congress is offering an array of exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, Victory Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the largest multi-format collection of materials...
January 24, 2017
Major Exhibition on World War I
The stories of Americans in World War I—General John J. Pershing, soldiers, nurses and Red Cross volunteers—will come to light in a major exhibition at the Library of Congress opening April 4.“Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” will open Tuesday, April 4, in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
January 11, 2017
"Baseball's Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game" Exhibit Opens Feb. 9
Long before the speakers at Wrigley Field blasted Steve Goodman’s “Go, Cubs, Go” after each triumphant Cubs game and long before players approached the batter’s box with their signature walk-up songs, music and baseball have been indelibly intertwined. A new exhibition at the Library of Congress will look at this winning combination, from before the Civil War to the present day.“Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The...
January 10, 2017
Library of Congress Looks at Presidential Inaugurations in Wide-Ranging Display from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4
A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures—the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln—and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs. The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.“Presidential Inauguration Treasures” will be on view from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4,...