Live! at the Library: Manuscript Division Items on Display in Honor of Lincoln Memorial Centennial

Lincoln statue, south view, detail.

Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer, Historic American Buildings Survey, 1995. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Join the Manuscript Division for a special night of Live! at the Library on Thursday, May 19, from 5 pm to 8 pm in the Thomas Jefferson Building in honor of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. The Manuscript Division is participating in a new visitor experience at the Library of Congress, featuring extended public hours and programming on Thursday evenings. Meet division historians and view national treasures including the Nicolay Copy of the Gettysburg Address and the reading copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. The display will feature material relating to the memorial’s architecture, artist Daniel Chester French’s sculpture of a seated Lincoln, and Walt Whitman’s memorialization of Lincoln through poetry and public speaking. It will also highlight the role of the Lincoln Memorial as a site of civil rights activism with documents by John Lewis, Martin Luther King, and others. You will find us off the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Register here for timed entry passes as part of the Library’s protocols. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

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