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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in DC – Pic of the Week

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday first celebrated 36 years ago in 1986. Our pic of the week is from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. This 30-foot tall granite memorial, sculpted in Dr. King’s likeness, sits at 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., the address referencing the year the […]

Capitol Christmas Tree – Pic of the Week

Each year, the Architect of the Capitol spruces up the Capitol’s west front lawn with a tremendous Christmas tree. While the tradition of trimming a tree at the Capitol goes back more than 50 years, the current tradition of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service providing the tree began in 1970. This year’s […]

Rainbows in DC – Pic of the Week

Bibliography curated by Alexander Salopek, a collection development specialist in the Collection Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. He previously wrote posts on Theodore Roosevelt and Marriage Equality in the U.S. October commemorates LGBTQIA+ History Month, a perfect time to provide an update on the Law Library’s recent LGBTQIA+ acquisitions. In the past […]

Proclamation of 1809 Allowing for Home Production of Brännvin – Pic of the Week

It’s officially October and I thought I would share a proclamation from our Swedish Law collection that I found back in 2019 while researching a blog post on the Treaty of Fredrikshamn. The proclamation entered into force on October 1, 1809. The document is titled “Kong.Maj:ts Nådiga Kungörelse, Angående Tillåten Brännvinsbränning ifrån den första instundande […]

Dover, Delaware – Pic of the Week

Delaware may be one of the smallest states, but it has a big claim to fame as the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787. Delaware’s capital, Dover, is a historic city that “grew as many such colonial communities did… around a nucleus of taverns and a courthouse.” Dover is located in Kent County, […]

Which Signatory of the Declaration of Independence is Buried in Washington, DC?

There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, but only one signer is buried in the Congressional Cemetery. In fact, he’s the only signer buried in the District of Columbia. In honor of Independence Day, we’re highlighting the final resting place of Elbridge Gerry. Gerry was born in Massachusetts in 1744. He attended Harvard […]