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Pic of the Week – Earth Day!

Today’s pic of the week celebrates Earth Day. We pass this globe every day and it reminds us of our global collection and staff, but today we honor the globe for the 46th anniversary of Earth Day.

The Globe inside the Madison Building of the Library of Congress / Photograph by Andrew Weber

The Globe inside the Madison Building of the Library of Congress / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Today, it is also fitting for us to remember Henry Diamond who passed away February 21st. Mr. Diamond was a lawyer who championed the environmental movement and conservation efforts for 50 years. His early environmental work began on the congressionally created Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission and he was executive director of the 1965 White House Conference on Natural Beauty.

His work helped lead to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) in 1970 and expand the land in the National Park Service system through his friendship with Laurence Rockefeller. He also was the first state commissioner of environmental conservatism of New York and served on more than 30 boards and commissions about the environment. He received the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award from the Department of the Interior in 2011.


Salazar Presents Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award to Henry L. Diamond, 5/10/2011, Photograph by the Department of Interior

Folger Shakespeare Library: Pic of the Week

T.S. Eliot characterized April as “the cruellest month,” but I would have to disagree.  By April, spring has arrived in Washington (even if we still have a few chilly days).  April is also a month full of celebrations such as National Library Week  and perhaps most importantly William Shakespeare’s birth and death. Shakespeare was a poet […]

Manuscript Waste Bindings at the Library of Congress – Pic of the Week

In this week’s pic of the week post, we catch up with Library of Congress employee Dan Paterson, who is a senior rare book conservator in the Conservation Section of the Library’s Conservation Division. Since 2013, Dan has been surveying book bindings in the Library’s special collections, looking for bindings that incorporate manuscript waste. Manuscript […]

On This Day: Taft Became the First President Buried in Arlington National Cemetery – Pic of the Week

On March 11, 1930, President William Howard Taft became the first president buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  (Trivia question: How many other presidents have been buried there? See answer below.)  The monument pictured below marks the site. To find his grave, go past the Welcome Center and turn right on Schley Drive. After turning, you will find immediately that there […]

Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inauguration – Pic of the Week

Today is the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inauguration, which took place on March 4, 1933.  Historically speaking, it was the last presidential inauguration held in March.  As I wrote in the post on the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Confederation Congress had set the date for the first Congress to be celebrated […]

Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia — Pic of the Week

In tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia’s life and commitment to the rule of law, this pic of the week features Justice Scalia at the Library’s Magna Carta evening gala. Justice Scalia was a monumental legal thinker, who was known for his deep reverence of the United States Constitution, exuberant personality, and interest in opera. Therefore, it probably does […]

Pic of the Week: Monday is not Presidents’ Day – Or is it?

This coming Monday, February 15, we will celebrate the federal holiday, Washington’s Birthday. You may be thinking, “my calendar says Monday is ‘Presidents’ Day,’ not ‘Washington’s birthday!’” Interestingly, the federal holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday (5 US Code 6103) and is observed on the third Monday in February as established by Public Law 90-361 […]