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A Celebration of Mexico: Masterpieces of Aztec Material Culture

Posted by: Erin Allen

One in 10 people living in the United States of America is of Mexican origin. One in five Americans is Hispanic. The Library of Congress is hosting a special “Celebration of Mexico” next month to honor this segment of the population and provide some important educational opportunities along the way. The Library has the largest …

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Recite the Gettysburg Address

Posted by: Erin Allen

On Nov. 19, 1862 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the cemetery at the Civil War battlefield. One of the most famous speeches in American history, the speech is recognized as a literary masterpiece. In three short paragraphs—some 270 words—Lincoln proclaimed the principles upon which the nation was founded, honored …

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A Rare Opportunity to Explore (and Take a Few Photographs)

Posted by: Erin Allen

(The following is a guest post from Michelle Springer in the Office of Strategic Initiatives.) On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, you’re invited to a special public event. Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., …

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Library in the News: October 2013 Edition

Posted by: Erin Allen

The Library of Congress has made headlines in the last month with a variety of initiatives and projects, including some of its preservation efforts. In early September, the Library ran a blog post discussing some work its Preservation Directorate was doing to conserve its pulp-fiction magazine collection. CBS News picked up the story to run in …

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Honoring Achievements in Literacy

Posted by: Erin Allen

This year marks the debut of three awards administered by the Library of Congress and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to recognize and support achievements in the field of literacy, both in the United States and abroad. Recipients of the first annual awards, announced in September at the Library’s National Book Festival, are Reach Out …

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Welcome to Folklife Today

Posted by: Erin Allen

Today we welcome the  newest member of the Library of Congress blogosphere: Folklife Today, a new blog produced by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. AFC has one of the largest archives in the world relating to traditional folk culture.  The center’s team of bloggers will be posting regularly with interesting information about its …

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Tell Me a Story

Posted by: Erin Allen

“100 years from now, what will it mean to have recorded and preserved the voices and experiences of everyday people?” Celebrating its “10 years of listening to America” this month, Storycorps asks that very question. The oral history project’s mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and …