The Inauguration: History on Both Sides of First Street

For those of you who, like me, just can’t get enough of the Library of Congress, we will be prominently featured before a national television audience next week.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” will be originating its coverage of the Inauguration not only on Jan. 20, but also on Jan. 19 (which serendipitously is Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

Monday they will broadcast from 7 to 9 a.m. EST, and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.  We’re not just a pretty backdrop for news coverage of this historic moment — they’ll also be telling some interesting stories about the Library, our remarkable collections, and what we do here.

Not only is the Library’s Lincoln Inaugural Bible playing a role in Tuesday’s ceremony at the Capitol, but we also have a tremendous wealth of resources about past Inaugurations.

A new twist is a project by the Library’s American Folklife Center to collect recordings and orations related to this year’s inauguration.  So fire up those video cameras and audio recorders!


  1. Bob Meade
    January 19, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I heard about the American Folklife Center’s efforts to capture bit about the inauguration on a syndicated N.P.R. broadcast today – and I live in Australia. They also played a clip from December 8, 1941 held by the AFC.

  2. PerBoypedor
    March 23, 2009 at 11:43 am


  3. Marilyn Hayden
    April 24, 2009 at 9:36 am

    SOMEBODY has a film of a gorgeous Baryshnikov performance at the White House in the East Room. Hard to believe we have never seen a repeat. One of the big networks showed the program, I think. I keep hoping someone will find it and we will see it again. MH

  4. JessicaDist
    May 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    great post hope to see some additional comments next Tuesday…kisses

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