Events at the Library of Congress

Thursday, July 18, 2019

  • Event | special events
    Display: Whitman Bicentennial Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    To mark the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, the Library will display poetry, images and ephemera from Whitman’s life in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Five cases will display Whitman’s handwritten drafts, published poems, original letters, portraits and other rarely seen materials. Great Hall
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "The Jokers" (Gildor – Scimitar, U.K., 1967) Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
    Romping around "swinging London," Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed, "the best double act since Laurel and Hardy" (Evening Standard), poke fun at the monarchy, the media, and the military – the opening credits have yet to roll as Crawford’s character is expelled from an elite military academy. Pickford Theater (LM-302)
  • Event | concerts and performances
    Elena & Los Fulanos Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Elena & Los Fulanos is a WAMMIE-nominated DC-based Latin folk band, mixing original tunes with covers that share perspectives of Latinx identity. North Lawn of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "Force of Evil" (MGM, 1948) Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Acclaimed as a masterpiece of postwar American noir, the drama tells of mob lawyer Joe Morse (John Garfield), working for a powerful gangster, who wishes to consolidate and control the numbers racket in New York. Packard Campus Theater
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "Beauty and the Beast" Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm EDT
    Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is an animated, musical retelling of the fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince du Beaumont. North Lawn of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    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
    July 18, 2019
    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
    July 18, 2019
    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
    July 18, 2019
    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
    July 18, 2019
    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
    July 18, 2019
    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
    Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    New exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. Graphic Arts Gallery
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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 | exhibits and tours
    Exploring the Early Americas Exhibition Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    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
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Family Mythology Tour Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
    Experience the Thomas Jefferson Building as Mount Olympus! Discover your favorite gods, heroes and mythological characters at the Library of Congress. For ages 8-14. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult participation may be limited to two per extended family or friend group. Check in at the ground floor information desk for availability. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis. Tours are... Ground Floor Information Desk
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Public Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    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
    Tour: Baseball Americana Thursday
    July 18, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    A free docent-led tour of Baseball Americana, meet at the exhibition entrance. South Gallery

Friday, July 19, 2019

  • Event | special events
    Display: Whitman Bicentennial Friday
    July 19, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    To mark the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, the Library will display poetry, images and ephemera from Whitman’s life in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Five cases will display Whitman’s handwritten drafts, published poems, original letters, portraits and other rarely seen materials. Great Hall
  • Event | film and video screenings
    "The Wages of Fear" (Distributors Corporation of America, DCA), 1953) Friday
    July 19, 2019
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. Packard Campus Theater
  • Event | exhibits and tours
    Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood Friday
    July 19, 2019
    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 Friday
    July 19, 2019
    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 Friday
    July 19, 2019
    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 Friday
    July 19, 2019
    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 Friday
    July 19, 2019
    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 Friday
    July 19, 2019
    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