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Bookends — Pic of the Week

I work in a building on an opposite corner from the United States Capitol Building. The Capitol Building is truly a beautiful and monumental structure; a place where many of the civic events of our national government, such as the recent inauguration are held. It so happens that I have two pieces of the Capitol […]

Fabriano Paper in Library of Congress Collections

This post was jointly written by Nathan Dorn and Sylvia Albro. In this post, we catch up with Library of Congress employee Sylvia Albro, who is a senior paper conservator in the Library’s Conservation Division.  Last fall, Sylvia published a book that presents research she has been conducting on books and manuscripts in various parts […]

The Presidential Seal

A little more than a year ago, I wrote about our national bird, the eagle. The eagle appears on the United States Great Seal and the post briefly discussed the design process for that seal under the Continental Congress.    The process spanned over 6 years, involved three separate, specially appointed congressional committees, and an […]

Australia’s National Day

Today, January 26, is Australia Day, a national public holiday in Australia that commemorates the arrival of the “First Fleet” of convict ships that resulted in the establishment of the first British penal colony on the continent. It is considered Australia’s national day. On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove, a […]