Events at the Library of Congress

Friday, August 23, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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    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
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    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
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    Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    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 Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    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
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    Herblock Gallery Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    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
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    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    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
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    Family Building Tour Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
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    A tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building for elementary school aged children (ages 6-12). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Capacity is 25 participants (including adults) welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate as many children as possible, adult participation may be limited to 2 per extended family group. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and leave promptly from the Jefferson... Ground Floor Information Desk
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tour: Shall Not Be Denied Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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    Participants will explore the changing nature of the suffrage movement over its 70 year history, from conventions to a state-by-state strategy to confrontational tactics and a federal amendment. These docent-led tours will begin from the exhibition entrance. Contact: 202-707-8000 Southwest Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks, created by American suffragists who persisted for more than 70 years to win voting rights for women, will be featured in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. Southwest Gallery
  • Event | courses and workshops
    Saturday Research Orientation [Hispanic Division] Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
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    Research orientation classes, taught by reference librarians and dealing with many aspects of using the Library and the collections will now be taught on Saturdays. Main Reading Room
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    Exploring the Early Americas Exhibition Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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    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. Northwest Gallery
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    visitas guiadas en español Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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    Centro para Visitantes de la Biblioteca del Congreso ofrecerá visitas guiadas en español del edificio Thomas Jefferson. Ground Floor Information Desk
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "Jumanji" (TriStar, 1995)
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    Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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    When two siblings discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they unwittingly invite into their living room a man who's been trapped inside the game for 26 years -- and whose only hope for freedom is to finish the game. Packard Campus Theater
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    "The Dark Crystal" (Universal, 1982)
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    Saturday
    August 24, 2019
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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    Jen, the last of the Gelfling race, who is charged with healing the Crystal of Truth after its mutilation ushered in an era of terror at the hands of the wicked Skeksis. Jen must find a missing shard in the observatory of an ancient astronomer before the Skesis are given the power to rule for all eternity. Packard Campus Theater