Anna Grace and I dropped in on the world’s largest library, the Library of Congress. America’s de facto “national” library of more than 167 million items was created in 1880 (the first public building in Washington, D.C. with electricity installed!) with Thomas Jefferson’s 6,400 personal books collection as the foundation.

The Main Reading Room is an architectural highlight, but was unfortunately closed to visitors on our day. I would like to write that it was because our Congress was actually working, but we all know differently.

The first Librarian of Congress’ office.

An exhibit highlight commemorating the 100th anniversary of American Women’s Right to Vote that was quite well done.

Pioneers, Librarians, and the New York Hikers. I’ll bet the afterparty was lit.

As history notes, not everyone was in favor of equal voting rights for women. Though, a century later and it does seem that some of our female Congresspersons are socialist.

 

Another exhibit, on “Mapping America” included the first New and Correct Map of the United States, 1784. This is the first map of the United States compiled, printed and published in America. Plus, it is the first map to be copyrighted in the U.S.

And after lunch, a visit to the National Archives to view (no photos permitted) our Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence; the Constitution; and the Bill of Rights all safe and secure in a grand building.