Four current exhibitions at the Library of Congress

Current Exhibitions

Books That Shaped America

Marks a starting point—a way to spark a national conversation on books and their importance in Americans' lives, and, indeed, in shaping our nation. This exhibition will preface the National Book Festival scheduled in September 2012.

To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress

Commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first Armenian printing press and book at Venice in 1512 and the designation of Yerevan, Armenia, as UNESCO's Book Capital of the World 2012.

Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship

Offers an opportunity to deepen understanding of Japanese culture while celebrating the Washington cherry blossoms as symbols of the enduring friendship between the people of Japan and the United States. Coincides with the city-wide centennial celebration of the 1912 gift.

Exploring the Early Americas

Examines indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americansand Europeans, and the changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds. It features selections from the Jay I. Kislak Collection.

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.

Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Explores artifacts that represent an array of viewpoints on the interplay of politics and entertainment in American public life.

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One-Day Teachers Workshops

One-day Teachers Workshops invite educators from across the country to learn about the U.S. Civil War based on Library of Congress primary and web based materials.

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Explore Past Exhibitions

American Beauties: Drawings from the Golden Age of Illustration

Features early twentieth-century drawings of women selected from outstanding graphic art in the Library's Cabinet of American Illustration and the Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon.

The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection

Features 379 Civil War-era ambrotypes and tintypes of enlisted Union and Confederate soldiers.

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Library of Congress Experience

Discover our new exhibitions that bring the world’s largest collection of knowledge, culture, and creativity to life through dynamic displays of artifacts enhanced by interactivity. Examine rare and unique items, including the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, the Gutenberg Bible, the 1507 Waldseemüller map that first named America, Thomas Jefferson’s recreated library, and the architectural wonders of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

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