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New Library Exhibition to Feature History of Voluntary Associations in America

Release Date: 21 Nov 2022


New Library Exhibition Features History of Voluntary Associations in America
Media Preview Dec. 6 Offers First Look at “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America”

The Library of Congress will host a media preview of its newest exhibition, “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. This exhibition explores America’s history as a “nation of joiners” and our long tradition of volunteering for a wide range of groups and causes. The exhibition opens to the public Dec. 16.

Exhibition Media Preview

  • When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. ET
  • Where: Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC (use Carriage Entrance on ground floor below outside stairs.)
  • Who: Remarks by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and exhibition curator Nathan Dorn, followed by gallery tours and interview opportunities.
  • RSVP: Media interested in covering the event must RSVP in advance to Brett Zongker at by Dec. 5. (Media only, please.)
  • Media Assets: Additional materials and press images from the exhibition will be available at 

Join In: About the Exhibition

Americans have a longstanding impulse to join together for common purposes such as fellowship, charity, professional growth, emergency services, societal reform and community building. The new exhibition, “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America,” opens a conversation about these organizations and their importance in society.

This history of voluntary associations reveals the aspirations of Americans as “a nation of joiners,” while also acknowledging these groups have sometimes reflected society’s exclusions, discriminations and divisions. The exhibition includes 114 artifacts, representing 45 different organizations, ranging from associations created by early American colonists to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, NAACP, Girl Scouts, and many others that continue today.

The accompanying publication, “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America,” will be available in the Library of Congress Shop.

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Media Contact: Brett Zongker,

PR 22-107
ISSN 0731-3527

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