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Visit Museum-Quality Exhibitions Virtually

“Madonna of the Fire Escape” by Don Freeman, a lithograph showing a mother holding her baby while relaxing in a bed on a fire escape, from Reports from a Roving Sketchbook

While many of D.C.’s museums have closed or severely limited operations due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the Library’s online and in-person exhibitions offer a stimulating journey into history you can take any time.

Eleven online exhibitions created this year join a host of other offerings that delve into both Georgetown’s past and the realms of art, science, and politics. Highlights from this year include “Reports from a Roving Sketchbook: Selections from Don Freeman’s Newsstand,” a review of the visual journal that documented daily life during the Great Depression and World War II, from the artist who would go on to create the beloved children’s book Corduroy; “Along the Potomac: Vintage Views by Local Etchers,” which will give you a brand-new view of some familiar neighborhood scenes; and “A Culinary Sampler: Food and Dining at Georgetown,” which uses archival materials to highlight eating experiences on campus dating back to the 1790s.

Brand-new in the Library is “International Railroad Ephemera from the Collection of Jeremiah J. O’Connor.” A companion to “The Train Takes You II,” this collection spans more than a century (from 1840–1964) and includes maps, promotional materials, photographs, time tables, and more. The O’Connor exhibition is on display in the Library’s Stephen Richard Kerbs exhibit area on the third floor through December 31, and is also available online.

Online exhibition attendees will be invited to share their feedback in a new survey on the exhibition website. The survey will help the Library understand how people use the online exhibitions and improve future exhibitions. The survey invitation appears in a pop-up box, and opens in a separate window, so it will not interrupt your viewing of the exhibition.