Events at the Library of Congress

Events at the Library of Congress

The Maritime Underground Railroad

Wednesday, February 23, 7-7:45 p.m. ET

For Black History Month, a panel discussing how enslaved people achieved their freedom and what the journey by sea looked like for many African Americans. Featuring Timothy D. Walker, Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, and Cassandra Newby-Alexander, and moderated by Kluge Center Director John Haskell.

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Webinars from the Library of Congress

  • Made at the Library: Bruce Ragsdale’s “Washington at the Plow”Tuesday, February 22, noon-1 p.m. ETFor Washington’s birthday, join us for a conversation between Kluge Staff Fellow and historian Julie Miller and historian Bruce Ragsdale, whose recent book​ Washington at the Plow: The founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery​ (Harvard University Press 2021) explores this relationship and draws on the George Washington Papers held by the Manuscript Division.​ Register for this event.
  • Congress.Gov WebinarThursday, February 24, 2-3 p.m. ETJoin instructors Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer for a Webinar.​ This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the​ session will be searching legislation and the congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted. Register for this event.
  • The Changing Face of Washington D.C. Through the U.S. News and World Report CollectionThursday, March 3, 7-8 p.m. ETReference specialist Kristi Finefield will take you on a tour of 1950s, 1960s and 1970s Washington, D.C. through the lens of staff photographers for U.S. News & World Report magazine. Register for this event.​
  • Object Lesson: Not an Ostrich and Other Images from America’s LibraryThursday, March 3, 7-8 p.m. ETJoin us for a sneak-peek at the Library of Congress’s upcoming exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: and Other Images from America’s Library”. Photography curator Micah Messenheimer looks at Doris Ulmann’s striking portrait of Maum Duck, made for a book about formerly-enslaved people in South Carolina‘s Gullah community.​ Register for this event.​

Exhibitions at the Library of Congress

Several exhibitions are open for visitors to visit at the Library of Congress.

IMPORTANT NOTE:​ In order to enter the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and experience the exhibition, each visitor must apply for and receive one of a limited number of free timed entry passes. For information on reserving tickets, visit​, where visitors can review “Know Before You Go” guidelines and reserve their free passes.

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