How We 'May' Protect Our Cultural Treasures

“May Day!” is a well-known distress call.  But “MayDay” is also a project to help prevent distress of another kind: Archives, libraries, museums and historic preservation organizations have set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect cultural heritage from disasters. For our part, the Library last year contributed a “mutual assistance” […]

Darwin Getting His Due

Charles DarwinAs I’ve previously stated (or tweeted), I felt a little bit bad that Charles Darwin shared his 200th birthday with Abraham Lincoln.

It’s safe to say that one of the most widely recognized and influential scientists in history was somewhat overshadowed by the celebration of one of America’s greatest presidents.

My colleague Donna Urschel recently covered a lecture on a book about Darwin, shedding new light on the “origin of ‘On the Origin of Species.’”

Her story in its entirety follows the jump.

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Stevie Wonder 'Sketches of a Life' Webcast Now Live!

Before you watch the Stevie Wonder concert last night at the White House in celebration of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song tonight on PBS (you will watch, won’t you?), you really need to see the celebrated artist kick it “classical style” in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. (The White House event was […]

Curtain Rises Tonight on Abraham Lincoln

Are you or any of your DC friends looking to make last-minute plans tonight? How about attending the public opening of “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition” from 5 to 9 p.m. this evening? Details here, online exhibition here. Normal visitor hours resume tomorrow (Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) […]

How 'Big' Is the Library of Congress?

I want to preface this post by reiterating one of our general disclaimers up front, to wit: “This blog does not represent official Library of Congress communications.” Because this post will edge slightly closer to “editorializing” than most of my previous posts. Working in the Office of Communications as I do, I’m aware of the […]

Lincoln Photos Added to Library's Flickr Stream

The general webby reaction to our pilot project with Flickr, which launched “The Commons,” has been rather Oliver Twist-like: “More, please!” We started with thousands of Bain news photos from the 1910s and color images from the 1930s and 1940s (a project of the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information). For Veterans […]

We Tweet, Therefore We Are

Howdy, folks! (Sorry, my Wyoming roots are showing.)  The Library of Congress finally has its own official Twitter feed.  You can follow us here: http://twitter.com/librarycongress “Library of Congress” was too long as a user name, so in the spirit of Twitter itself, we’ve been truncated. As I’ve been alluding for some time, we are on […]