February is African American History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Read More »

2018 Event Highlights

Book Talk

February 6

Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
Thomas Jefferson fathered three daughters, two white and one black. In her book Jefferson's Daughters, history professor Catherine Kerrison discusses the fascinating lives of these three very different women. Livestreaming on YouTube

(National Archives)

Special Document Display

February 17 - 19

Emancipation Proclamation
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the original Emancipation Proclamation. You can also stop by the ReSource Room with your family to learn more about this important document through hands-on discovery.

(National Archives)

Brown Bag Lecture

February 19

Brown Bag Lecture at the Wilson Center: History of Place
This presentation is about an African American settlement originated in Washington, D.C., right after the Civil War in 1867. Approximately 40,000 African American refugees came into Washington, D.C., during the Civil War era.

(Smithsonian Institution)


February 23

1619 and the Making of America
1619 was a pivotal year in the establishment of the first permanent English Colony in North America. It was the year of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World as well as the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America.

(John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress)

Ongoing Exhibition


City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign
The museum commemorates the fiftieth anniversary Martin Luther King Jr.'s death with a special exhibition devoted to his final and most ambitious dream, the Poor People's Campaign. The exhibition is presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

(National Museum of American History)

Brought to you by:

National Gallery of Art Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution National Archives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Park Service National Endowment for the Humanities