As winter winds its way to a close, snow has continued to fall this week in Washington. Kelly sent me a link to today’s Pic of the Week suggesting I tweet it. I liked it so much I thought it deserved to be today’s post.
Not only is it a fun photo, but it has Congressional pages! As a former House page during the summer of 1994 (more than twenty years ago? That can’t be right!), I still have an affinity for the program that helped lead me to Washington, DC, where I continue to work for Congress at their Library.
The History, Art & Archives website of the House of Representatives has a great publication on the History of the House Page Program. Although the House program no longer exists, the Senate program is still going strong.
In celebration of African American History Month, our picture of the week is of Hiram Revels, the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. Revels was born a free man in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1827. He was first apprenticed as a barber, learning the trade from an older brother, and later […]
For me the Library of Congress exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, actually began on November 5th, a day before the exhibit was open to the public. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be docents for the exhibit had the privilege of meeting with Christopher Woods, director of the British National Conservation Service, […]
The following is a guest post by Brian Kuhagen, now the law serials cataloger in the Collection Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Brian mostly works on classifying older serial titles in our foreign law collections. In mid-December, I traveled to Oslo for the holiday season. While there, I was able to take […]
This week I had the pleasure of attending a gallery talk on “Military Authority and the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” which was given by Robert Brammer of the Law Library and Eiichi Ito from the Library of Congress Asian Division. This gallery talk was one of several that have been given […]
In Custodia Legis will be on break for the upcoming holidays – Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 (a holiday by executive order). We will be back next week – except on Thursday, January 1 – with some end-of-the-year posts! Just last week, the Library of Congress set up its annual holiday […]
If you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the Magna Carta exhibition, may I suggest another stop on your itinerary? You’ve heard the phrase “hidden gem,” but the object I am sharing with you today truly takes that term to a new level. It is a Magna Carta replica tucked into the […]
One of the keepsakes given at the Library of Congress’s pre-inaugural black-tie gala for the ongoing Magna Carta exhibition was the commemorative coin depicted below. The coin’s obverse shows the name of the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Its reverse shows a reproduction of a medallion that appears on the title page of a 1774 imprint of […]
On Wednesday, I gave a gallery talk for the Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor Exhibition. I focused the talk around King John and his rapacious habits as a ruler: demanding extraordinary fees from his feudal vassals, seizing hostages, and losing battles. I also included some information on the Constitutions of Clarendon (more on that in […]
Nathan Dorn, curator of Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, recently gave a gallery talk that highlighted key items from the exhibition. Nathan discussed the cornerstone of the exhibition, the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta. He spoke about its physical condition, the history of its birth at Runnymede, England and its significance through the ages. There […]