Tours, Open Houses and Other Events (Part 2)

By Danna Bell, Host Committee Co-Chair

In part one of this series we focused on tours and open houses taking place on Tuesday. This post focuses on Wednesday tours and open houses. Please be aware that some tours have a limited number of spaces available and you need to register in advance. Contact information for each tour is provided on SCHED.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 
10:00 am
Participants limited to 15.

NSDAR Archives houses the records that document the rich and compelling history of the DAR, founded in Washington in 1890. Come get up close and personal with documents written by America’s founding parents, see an exhibit featuring an account of the extraordinary war relief work performed by DAR members during WWI, and find out how DAR plans to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington 
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Participants limited to 30.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington Library’s special collections and archives. The tour will include a visit to the library’s main reading room as well as access to the closed stacks and the rare books and manuscripts suite. Several highlights from our collections will be on display, along with an up-close look at some of Washington’s books. The library is located at George Washington’s historic home at Mount Vernon, so you may also want to visit the Mansion, Education Center, and museum.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division 
Tours offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Participants limited to 15.

The Prints and Photographs Division offers an open house highlighting visual collections. The Division holds more than 15 million images, including photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope, the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the history of the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Participants limited to 25.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will cost $20.

The mission of the Newseum is to increase understanding of the importance of the free press.  Through exhibits, visitors experience the story of news, particularly through the lens of major events in history.  During the tour participants will meet the Registrar, Senior Manager of Collections, and the Print News Archivists.

There will be plenty of time to tour exhibits on your own.

Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

During this open house, staff will display a sample books relating to D.C. history, including rare books and bound congressional acts tracing the city’s development as well as an extensive flat-file collection of maps, illustrative prints, newspapers, and tourist ephemera items.

Arthur D. Jenkins Library of Textile Arts 
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

As a leading resource for the study of textiles, the library’s multilingual collection offers researchers access to artistic, cultural, historical, and technical information related to the textile arts. Highlights that will be on display include rare out-of-print books, beautifully illustrated monographs, and the personal documents of important textile scholars such as Irene Emery and Charles Grant Ellis.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Participants limited to 15.

The Archives of American Art offers a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the reading room, storage, digitization, and processing spaces. Staff members will offer an introduction to AAA’s reference services, collections processing, and digitization workflows, and share a selection of documents from recent acquisitions.
As a research center within the Smithsonian Institution, AAA is the world’s preeminent and most widely used repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America.

American Folklife Center 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Participants limited to 15.

The American Folklife Center Archive, established in the Library of Congress Music Division in 1928, is now one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world, encompassing millions of items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. On this tour, staff will give an overview of the collections, of the reading room and listening stations, and of our acquisitions, processing, and reference activities.

Peabody Room 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Participants limited to 15.

The Peabody Room is a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history, including subject vertical files, photographs, maps, neighborhood microfilmed newspapers, paintings, engravings, and artifacts that document various aspects of Georgetown life. It also features a house history file for nearly every home in Georgetown.  Visitors will tour the reading room, archival storage rooms, and see the best bird’s-eye view of Georgetown!
George Meany Labor History Archives (University of Maryland) 
6:30 pm
Participants limited to 35.

The tour will explore the exhibit “For Liberty, Justice and Equality: Unions Making History in America,” which investigates the intersections between the history of many social justice movements and organized labor. With hundreds of unique artifacts, the exhibit focuses on the labor movement’s involvement with issues of economic equality, including the struggle for the eight-hour day and a living wage; reveals its deep roots with the civil rights’ and women’s movements; and documents lesser-known connections with the movements for LGBTQ equality, immigrant rights, religious freedom, environmental justice and international workers’ solidarity. The tour will end with a behind-the-scenes look at the collections from which the exhibit items were drawn.

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