No, not the financial crisis of 1869*, but what is considered by many to be the biggest shopping day of the holiday season! The day after Thanksgiving, often referred to as “Black Friday,” is a day that many retailers kick off their holiday sale season. One myth is that this day is when retailers begin […]
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sweet potato and yam?
I bet most people don’t know that an estimated 40% of the Library’s books and journals are science and business materials. The significance of this can be traced back to our founding father, Thomas Jefferson, who sold his personal library to Congress in 1815 for $23,950. Jefferson collected titles from around the world in all […]
In 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of the end of World War I. Tomorrow, November 11, was initially known as “Armistice Day” and became a national holiday in 1938. The name was changed to Veterans Day by President Eisenhower in 1954 as a way to honor all who served in American […]
We regularly receive requests for federal statistics and knowing where to look can often be a daunting task! With so many agencies producing numbers you might ask: Where do I begin? Can I get them over a period of time? Whether it is population numbers for Livermore, CA for a business plan, or employment numbers […]
Parking! We city dwellers often ask, “Is there parking?” before even venturing out the door. For so many of us, the statement “a really great parking space can totally move you to tears” is right on spot. On Sunday (November 1, 2009) the Washington Post’ s Philip Kennicott reported (On the spot: Putting parking in its […]
Being new to the DC area and a new employee here at the Library of Congress, I have been very curious about the buildings, their architecture and history. This building, built as an annex, was completed and opened to the public in 1939. It was initially named The Annex building. On June 13, 1980 it […]
Greetings from the Science, Technology & Business Division! We’re new here in the Library of Congress blog space and we are looking forward to a long relationship with you, our readers. The title of this post, “…Never to be afraid of a book,” is taken from a letter John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson on […]