Mysterious Faces, Gazing Across Time

A forlorn-looking girl in a mourning dress holds a picture of her late father.  An impossibly young soldier, probably prepubescent, stands at attention with his bayoneted musket.  An African-American in Union uniform sits stoically with his wife and two daughters.  A pair of uniformed comrades pose comically, each holding a cigar in the other’s mouth. […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #15

This is the 15th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 12–13 in Willmar, Minn.), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: I wrote from Mankato that we were hoping the weather would cooperate with us.  Well, […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #13

This is the 13th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 5–6 in Mason City, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Our location in Mason City was new territory for this tour:  We set up […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #12

This is the 12th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 2–3 in Waterloo, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Our second stop in Iowa brought out the Van Gelder clan.  Much of Josh’s family […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #11

This is the 11th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Oct. 29–30 in Grinnell, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: We are really starting to rack up the state count with Gateway to Knowledge. Iowa […]

Gateway to Knowledge Schedule Updated

We have just updated the online schedule of visits by our “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition. Up next are Willmar, Minn. (today and tomorrow); Brainerd, Minn.; Eau Claire, Wisc.; Fond du Lac, Wisc.; Janesville, Wisc.; Rockford, Ill.; Merrillville, Ind.; and Macomb, Mich. Keep checking our Gateway microsite for details!

The Art of War

This is a guest post by Sarah Rouse, a volunteer in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. “War experience just hypnotizes young men.” So said Victor Lundy, a World War II veteran who recorded many of his war memories through his sketchbooks, now donated to the Library of Congress. I interviewed Lundy for […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #9

This is the ninth in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Oct. 22–23 in Anderson, Ind.), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: As the weather is turning colder our welcome to communities is getting warmer.  With summer […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #10

This is the tenth in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Oct. 26–27 in Washington, Ill.), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: From the time that Gateway to Knowledge left Detroit, Josh and I have been looking […]