Artwork Offered at Library

Posters and silk screens by the late David Bethuel Jamieson, a native of the District, have been donated to the D.C. Public Library in an effort to give his work greater exposure, inspire other artists and help endow the library's book fund.

One thousand free prints of Jamieson's poster "Wildflowers at West Wheelock" are available at community public libraries. Prints also will be for sale in the store in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Posters and silk screens range in price from $10 to $35.

Fifty of Jamieson's works will be on display through Nov. 28 on the second floor of the King library, with a discussion and reception scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.

To find out more about the artwork and the exhibit, call Elena Tscherny of the D.C. Public Library at 202-727-1183.

Tourist Spots Shift Hours

Two well-known tourist destinations in the District recently announced winter and holiday schedules.

The grounds of the National Zoo will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with buildings open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. But because a new exhibit is under construction, the Giant Panda House will be closed until the building program is complete. The two giant pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, will still be on exhibit in their outdoor yards most days, according to the zoo. The new exhibit, Asia Trail, will house red pandas, sloth bears, giant salamanders, clouded leopards, fishing cats and small-clawed otters.

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Southeast Washington has also adjusted its hours because of continuing renovations to the home where the famed orator and abolitionist once resided. The site will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but most antique items and furniture have been removed from the home until the repair work is finished, which is expected to be in the summer of 2005. The Douglass site will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Tours of the mostly empty building are still being conducted by park rangers, and many of the items that were temporarily removed from the home can be seen from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, 1849 C St. NW. The museum is also open from 1 to 4 p.m. every third Saturday of the month, but is closed for federal holidays.

To tour the Douglass home, reservations must be made by calling 800-967-2283. Admission is $2 per person. Call 202-208-4743 for more information on the Douglass exhibit at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum.

Meeting Thomas Jefferson

An actor will impersonate Thomas Jefferson outside the White House Visitor Center as part of its White House Living History series today. The center, at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will host three performances: at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Bill Barker will portray the former president. He will speak and interpret Jefferson's views on topics including the Declaration of Independence and the Louisiana Purchase.

The Living History series continues next month with actress Pamela Sommerfield portraying Martha Washington. Both performances are free and open to the public.

For more information about the series, or about the actual performances, call the White House Visitor Center at 202-208-1631 or log on to

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