The Library of Congress has always been my favorite building in Washington (though the Capitol building is a very close second). After decades of working on the Hill, I still find amazing historic rooms tucked away in these buildings. This week, I spoke on impeachment at the Library of Congress next to the Woodrow Wilson library. I had to take a couple pictures to share. It is an amazing room with a breathtaking view of the Capitol dome.
The personal library of Woodrow Wilson is the result of a gift to the Library of Congress by Edith Bolling Galt Wilson in 1946. Among the collection are books from Wilson’s childhood, college, and law school. Wilson was of course a distinguished academic and was the 13th president of Princeton University. The library also includes one hundred diplomas, medals, and personal mementos. There are 6,792 volumes and 1,122 pamphlets as well as the presidential papers that are part of the Wilson donation to the Library.
If you visit Washington, a visit to the Library of Congress is essential. It is a gorgeous building dripping with history — a monument to American education.