Pic of the Week: Mandela Grandson Shares Lessons He Learned from His Grandfather

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden (left) with Ndaba Mandela on stage in the Coolidge Auditorium on June 27. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of South African leader and humanitarian Nelson Mandela, spoke in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on June 27 with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about his recently published memoir, “Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather.”

Drawing on the memoir, Mandela talked about growing up under his grandfather’s care and his own efforts to advance Nelson Mandela’s legacy through the Africa Rising Foundation, which he established in 2009.

Listen to a recording of the program on the Library’s YouTube site.

New Online: Papers of the President People Love to Hate

This is a guest post by Sahr Conway-Lanz, a historian in the Manuscript Division. Harry Truman called Woodrow Wilson “the greatest of the greats.” Theodore Roosevelt called him “the lily-livered skunk in the White House.” Wilson won the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to forge peace after World War I, yet more recent […]

The John W. Kluge Prize: Q&A with Drew Gilpin Faust

Today, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that Drew Gilpin Faust—historian, Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War”—will receive the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The $1 million Kluge Prize, bestowed through the generosity of the […]

Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Specialist Shares Her Story

Meg Metcalf dreamed of a career at the Library of Congress from the time she was 17, inspired by a job at a Borders bookstore in northeastern Illinois, where she worked the reference desk. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee […]

Baseball Americana: Root, Root, Root’s Debut

Welcome to week six of our blog series for “Baseball Americana,” a major new Library of Congress exhibition opening June 29. This is the sixth of nine posts – we’re publishing one each Thursday leading up to the opening. Matthew Barton, a record-sound curator in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contributed this […]