Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #4

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

We always say the show must go on, but the rain in Cumberland [Maryland] gave us a run for our money.  It started pouring a few hours before the event and kept up through the day. One might think that it would affect our turnout; it didn’t.  We welcomed a steady stream of guests all day, those who braved the water and wind to see what had rolled into to this lovely Maryland community.

The exhibit was parked right in the middle of the newly revamped Canal Park.  A very significant part of the town’s history, we sat right next to canal and in a section where boats used to get worked on. Good thing, since we almost needed canoes to get guests to the doors.

The worst part of the rain came in the morning, while buses of area school groups were trying to make it in for tours.  There was even a group that had driven 40 minutes from West Virginia to include us on their field trip.  Most of the students were high school classes, a very fun bunch to talk with.  A few thought it was pretty cool that the Library now contains the Twitter archives [ed. note: the archive has not yet been transferred to the Library], one little way to remind them that they are each a part of American History or can be.  I do hope that after leaving they realize how many resources are at their fingertips from the Library of Congress.

I want to thank the Cumberland community for braving the rain to visit us, we had some great chats and learn how special this town is.

We are leaving the area today with the sun shining and clouds cleared.  It’s just one of those things, the unpredictable nature of, well, nature.

8 Comments

  1. Pedro Buitrago
    October 2, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Magnifica iniciativa es un “effort” más para llegar con la ciencia y el conocimiento a esas gentiles personas de América.

  2. jackie tabb
    October 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I hope y’all are coming to Texas. I can’t wait to see what you have. I’ve been telling people about you and the Library of Congress in general. You have so much to offer, and a lot of people don’t know. Keep up the good work!

  3. Jenn
    October 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Are you going to be coming to Cincinnati Ohio? I just heard that you are on the road and I would love to see the bus and bring my kids.
    Jennifer Thornotn
    Anderson Township,
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  4. Joseph Miller
    October 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    One of the posters in the otherwise interesting traveling exhibit is entitled “Veteran’s History Project.” Oops! That’s a pretty egregious grammatical error for the Library of Congress to make.

  5. Pablo Edwards
    October 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Sounds like minue the rain it was a great day!

  6. Boiler
    October 28, 2010 at 6:58 am

    The Gateway to Knowledge is a condensation of the Tripitaka and its accompanying commentaries by the Tibetan Buddhist master Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche.

  7. liberty
    October 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    this is a wonderful project as evidenced by the interest it generates across the country in both children and adults. knowledge of our history and government are crucial to the continued development of our democratic system and the american identity. supported by an american attorney.

  8. Traduction anglais français
    March 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

    But one seemingly simple yet relatively deep and complicated question has always bothered me: when does the “localization” of content stop being “localization” and turn into full-on “censorship”? And to what degree should this sort of censorship be tolerated?

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