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The Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries
Trip to Washington, DC
Fri. May 31 - Sat. June 1, 2002

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Rear of the East Corridor
Staircase in the
Jefferson Building of the
Library of Congress,
leading to a visitors' gallery.

Featuring visits to:

You are cordially invited to join the Friends on a fully programmed two day visit to some of the more uplifting cultural and artistic treasures in our nation's capitol.

Leaving from Alexander Library Friday morning, the group will travel by charted bus and enjoy a box lunch on their way to the Library of Congress. An early afternoon two-hour visit to the Library of Congress will include:

The Jefferson Building Tour, highlighting the largest and costliest library ever built in the world. The Jefferson Building's elaborately decorated interior, filled with works of art from over 40 American painters and sculptors, reflects strong links to politics, literature, and learning. This tour will accentuate why the building was designed in such a magnificent manner and what is expressed in its art and architecture.

World Treasures of the Library of Congress "Beginnings" tour, illuminating the Library's rich international collections with research materials in over 450 languages and items in the millions. The "Beginnings" tour draws on the Library's rich trove of world collections that relate to the origins of civilizations and cultures. It explores, from the viewpoint of more than 50 cultures, accounts and depictions of the creation or beginning of the universe; explanations of the earth and heavens; fundamental or key myths and stories on the founding of societies and cities; and examples of early writing and printing.

The group will stay at the Radisson Barcello Hotel, a top rated hotel (Fodors, with newly refurbished & renovated rooms, located by Dupont Circle in the Georgetown section of Washington. Participants will be free to enjoy dinner and an evening on the town, with a variety of local restaurants, cafes, boutiques and other attractions within easy walking distance.

On Saturday a continental breakfast will be served in the Gabriel Restaurant in the Radisson Barcello. The group will then travel to the Kreeger Museum, located in the former residence of late philanthropist, GEICO insurance magnate, and avid art collector David Lloyd Kreeger. The Kreeger collection encompasses 180 works of art, with particular concentrations in 19th and 20th century paintings and African masks and figures. Works by Renoir, Courbet, Corot, Monet, Degas, Chagal, Munch, and others are prominent in the collection.

The group will enjoy a lunch in the Bistro Francais restaurant, an establishment rated 'very best' by the Washingtonian Restaurant Review in January 2002. This restaurant in the Georgetown section of Washington has offered the Friends a diverse menu of tasty options.

The last site on the trip will be the National Gallery of Art, on the Washington Mall. Participants will be free to take self-guided tours of two exciting exhibitions of the works of renown artists – Goya: Images of Women, the first major display dedicated to examining Francisco Goya y Lucientes' depiction of women in Spain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; and Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection, a retrospective of 60 objects in various media that encapsulates the artists' work over 40 years in wrapping, covering, draping and folding fabric over, through, and around everyday objects, both natural and constructed forms.

The group will dine at Marcel's restaurant, a fine dinner restaurant that received a warm review in the Washington Post's Dining Guide. A celebratory glass of wine, and a refined three-course dinner, will top off a two-day tour of three of Washington's most uplifting sites of interest. The group will then head home to New Jersey, returning late in the evening with pleasant memories to inspire their sensibilities and enrich their spirits.

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The Friends chartered bus will leave on Friday morning May 31st, from in front of Alexander Library in New Brunswick, at 8:00 a.m. and return to the same place on Saturday night June 1st at approximately 11:30 p.m.

To register for this trip, please provide your:

Along with a check for either:
_____ $279, with single occupancy hotel room *
_____ $240, with shared double occupancy hotel room *

Non-Friends members: please add $20 to each price

Please mail registration forms with checks, by May 16th, to:
Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries/Trip to Washington, DC
c/o Libraries Administration
Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

* = Prices include one night hotel stay; box lunch on Friday May 31st;
breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday June 1st;
admission to Kreeger Museum; and transportation costs.

For more information on this trip, please contact Libraries communications coordinator Harry Glazer by phone at 732/932-7505 or by email at

Posted April 9, 2002