February 17, 2020: Field Trip: Library of Congress – Presidents Day

NVPS Field Trip

Library of Congress

February 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Presidents Day

Established in 1800, the Library of Congress (LOC) “is the world’s largest library with more than 167 million items, in 470 languages,38 million books, and other print materials, 3.6 recordings, 1.4 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts.” (LOC Website https://www.loc.gov/)

The February 17, 2020 Field Trip will be to the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building.  The Jefferson Building is a remarkable building with a plethora of beautiful architecture and art to photograph.  It is where the LOC Reading Room is located, this room is restricted and only open to the public 2 days a year, one is President’s Day.  

The hours of the Library are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will plan to meet at the First Street, SE entrance at 8:30 to get an early start.  We will need to split up into smaller groups of no more than 5 individuals when we enter the LOC.

The best way to arrive is public transportation, the closest metro stations are Capitol South or Union Station.  For additional information:  www.loc.gov/visit/directions.

The security process requires going through airport security like system.  Oversized bags (not exceeding 25”x15”) which will not fit through the conveyor belts for the x-ray system are prohibited.  No provisions are available to check prohibited items.

Photography is allowed in public areas of the Jefferson Building.  The use of a flash is prohibited, as well as certain photographic equipment, including tripods and selfie sticks.  Please familiarize yourself ahead of time with the LOC Photography and Video Guidelines, which must be observed. (https://www.loc.gov/static/portals/visit/documents/PhotographyGuidelines.pdf).

There’s a good chance it will be cold outside. There is a cloakroom for coats.

The details have not been worked out yet, but we are researching places to go afterward for lunch. We’ll keep you posted.

We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity! Please email fieldtrips-2019@nvps.org if you are planning to attend. 

Judy Graham and Tana Ebbole

NVPS Field Trip Coordinators 2019-2020


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