Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #8

This is the eighth in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition:

Now that we have gushed about hitting fall foliage for the past few weeks, I should mention something else also comes with fall, high school homecoming.  Our event location for Troy, OH was at Hobart Arena, right next to the high school’s football field.  It was hard not to get caught up in all the excitement surrounding the Homecoming game.

With guests sporting face paint and sharing hugs, I was chanting “Go Trojans” by the end of the night.  This visit was also the first time an area high school teacher had made us into extra credit for students.  The high school’s government classes stopped in to look around and pick out their favorite display.  I was surprised by the number that passed up Spider-Man and went for Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence.  This is Josh’s and my favorite display, as well; what a great peek into history and the science of preservation and research at the Library.

It’s not every day that we need to get up bright and early to take part in a live broadcast from the truck, but it sure is exciting.  Fox 45 out of Dayton stopped by on the Friday of our event to chat with us on the Morning News.  This is just one of the unpredictable elements of our job, one of the things that make it great.

I can honestly say that there is not typical day in the field.  We both feel very fortunate to have found our career and that the Library of Congress trusts us with their endeavor.   While traveling with the Gateway to Knowledge exhibit, we are firsthand in seeing the impact the available resources have on inspiring learning and exploration.

Free WiFi One Reason LOC Cited As ‘Underrated’

The Washington Post’s “Express” publication today named the Library the “Best Underrated Tourist Attraction” in D.C.  We tend to agree, and not just because of the bountiful collections, the gorgeous architecture, the exhibits, and plenty of free concerts, lectures and other events. So what’s another reason to love coming to our reading rooms?  In the […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #7

This is the seventh in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: We knew that Oberlin, OH was going to be a special event.  Oberlin College is the alma mater of Emily Rapoport—who, with her […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #5.1

This is one of a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Congressman Charlie Wilson from Ohio stopped by to welcome guests to the Gateway To Knowledge exhibit on its first day in Marietta; he was joined […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #6

This is the sixth in a series of guest posts (which was sent to me yesterday) by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: One of the things we like to remember about the Library of Congress Jefferson building is that […]

2010 National Book Festival Sights and Sounds

The 10th annual National Book Festival may have faded into memory, but we’re doing what we can to keep those memories alive–and to share them with people who didn’t have a chance to experience them in person. As usual, we’re posting tons of webcasts of author presentations, which you can find here.  (A few others […]

Over the Wine-Dark Sea …

Monday would have been the 100th birthday of a poet whose translation of Homer’s “The Odyssey” brought me one of the really memorable reading experiences of a lifetime. Robert S. Fitzgerald, who awoke to his interest in poetry at a high school in Springfield, Illinois and whose work translating Homer’s Greek into English – while […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #5

This is the fifth in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: When we started working with the wonderful folks of the West Virginia Center for the Book about parking Gateway to Knowledge at the […]