Boulevard Connects U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and White House in Newest Release

New York, NY February 23, 2017 – On the heels of the 120th anniversary of the President’s Day holiday and the 265th birthday of our nation’s first President, George Washington, Boulevard debuts American Experience: Revolution, Perseverance, and Innovation, featuring 76 objects and art works from these four celebrated institutions in Washington, D.C. Underscoring the importance of democracy and civic engagement, Boulevard is honored to have prominent philanthropist David Rubenstein introduce this latest release, and Michael McCurry, Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton, narrate a collection of the White House’s presidential portraits.

Users of American Experience on the Samsung GearVR begin their exploration in the U.S. Capitol, where a holographic map of the National Mall emerges, providing information on several significant sites and buildings in Washington D.C. Before deciding where on the map to travel – ­the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, or the White House – Boulevard visitors find themselves standing inside the iconic Capitol Rotunda, where they can gaze up at the 1865 fresco Apotheosis of Washington and examine the famous large-scale historic paintings installed in this stunning space.

The United States Library of Congress was founded in 1800 and is the largest library in the world, home to 164 million objects. The National Gallery of Art’s collection comprises over 147,000 works and traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The White House is the home of the President of the United States, and its architecture, interiors and museum-quality collection tell the story of our great nation. “Partnering with Boulevard to create this immersive American history experience breaks new ground for the Association,” said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association. “By having the ability to stand in front of the portraits of our founding fathers, students can now gain a greater understanding about our early presidents, their history, and see their portraits in a way that is not possible in any other setting.” Boulevard similarly opens up the scope of understanding, accessible anywhere, for each institution in American Experience.

Ranging from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to a 1963 photograph of President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office with Civil Rights leaders after the March on Washington,­ these diverse objects weave together the multiple threads of U.S. history, synthesizing the hopes, dreams, and struggles which define the richness of the American experience.

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