Ready to start spring break early? Come join us at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. for our collections-inspired trivia game, Pop Quiz, in the Kogod Courtyard. This month’s theme is “Road Trip USA.” We will “travel” from sea to shining sea, testing your knowledge about state-inspired trivia questions and highlighting sitters in our collection who have special connections to different states in the USA.
For example, did you know that it took Gutzon Borglum (above) and his son more than ten years to sculpt Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota?
Make sure you come early—DJ Micah Vellian will be playing tunes from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Courtyard Café will be open, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
Here is a sneak peek at the ten-point bonus question for this month’s Pop Quiz trivia:
Before becoming one of the most beloved nineteenth-century American authors with poems including “Evangeline” and “Paul Revere's Ride,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (below) attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Longfellow returned to Bowdoin College before accepting a post at Harvard in 1834.
Which of the following commonly quoted phrases was not written by Longfellow?
A: "A boy's will is the wind's will"
B: "A man can be destroyed but not defeated"
C: "Ships that pass in the night"
D: "Footprints on the sands of time
Pop Quiz trivia occurs once a month in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery. The next Pop Quiz is “The 1980s” on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow / Julia Margaret Cameron / Albumen silver print, 1868 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Gutzon Borglum / ? Ording / Gelatin silver print, c.1920 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution