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Echoes of the Great War

This tour examines American experiences in World War I, including the debate over American involvement in war, changes on the home front, personal reflections from the battlefield, and the war’s lasting effects. The exhibition offers highlights from the Library’s extensive collections on World War I, including newly digitized archival film footage, iconic posters, manuscripts from the Woodrow Wilson papers, and letters and diaries from the war front.


Public tours are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and the first Saturday of the month at 1 pm according to docent availability. Schedule is subject to change. Please confirm tour times on the public calendar of events in advance of your visit, or at the Library’s information desks on the day of your visit. All tours start at the exhibition entrance.


The Thomas Jefferson Building is located on First Street SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. This tour is for reserved groups of maximum of 25 only. Public tours begin at the entrance to the exhibition on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.


The Library buildings are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided at the Jefferson Building ground floor information desk.

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