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The conference  will be held in several venues at or near the Library of Congress, on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Please click on the links below for details including maps and registration desk.

General orientation

Bird’s eye view of Capitol Hill buildings:
Capitol Hill Bulidings

Saturday, September 24th (for IASA Board and TC members only)

TC-members and the IASA Board will meet on the ground floor of the Library’s Jefferson building on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Please see the floor map, which shows the Whittall Pavilion where the TC will meet, and the American Folklife Center administrative office (LJ-G49) where the Board will be.

The Thomas Jefferson Building with the Main Reading Room and the Great Hall:
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Sunday 25th September: meetings will be in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

Since the Library of Congress is closed on Sundays, the newcomers’ session and the section/committee meetings will be at the National Museum of the American Indian, about a 10-minute walk down Capitol Hill from the Library of Congress and the Capitol Hill Metro stop (or even closer to the Federal Center SW Metro stop).   Though not identified on this map of the Capitol Hill complex, the Indian Museum is located just west of the National Garden in the block on the left side of the map bounded by Independence Avenue, Maryland Avenue, and Jefferson Drive.   (Please enter at the South Entrance on the Independence Avenue side of the Museum.)

A registration table will be set up outside of the 4th floor meeting rooms.

Entrance to the building will be the south entrance on floor 1:

The meetings on Sunday 25th September will be on the 4th floor:


Monday-Wednesday, September 26th-28th

For the remainder of the conference week, all meetings will be in the Library of Congress, principally in the Madison building (see Birds’ Eye view of the Library campus). The registration desk on these days will be outside the entrance to the Montpelier Room on the 6th floor of the building.   

People may enter at the front center of the building on Independence Avenue (1st floor), or at the back corner of the building at the entrance close to the Capitol Hill Metro stop (ground floor of the building).   There will be signs for IASA attendees near those two entrances.

The Madison building is “color-coded,” having doors and other signage in different colors depending on the quadrant you are in; building maps display those colors.   Most of the IASA events will occur in the yellow quadrant (southwest corner of the building). Though the opening reception (we hope you all will attend!) will be in the Madison hall next to the front entrance on the 1st floor. Volunteers will help guide people to other locations within the Library buildings when needed.

Entrance to building on Ground Floor:

Entrance to building on 1st Floor:


6th floor showing the Montpelier and Mumford rooms:

The Madison building:

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Thursday, September 29th: professional visits and conference dinner

Information regarding meeting places and times for the various professional visits will be given out at the conference.   In some cases, participants will meet at a given Metro stop where they will meet their guides.

The closing dinner will be at the National Press Club, only two blocks from the 13th Street exit at the Metro Center Metro stop.    Walking directions and a map are on the Press Club site here:


Library of Congress: The Main Reading Room (photo: Carol Highsmith):

Library of Congress: The Great Hall (photo: Carol Highsmith):