Happy Birthday to Us!

"Just a year ago" by Albert Gumble. New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1911.

One year ago today, In the Muse launched with Meet the Music Division, a post that interviewed several staff members about their personal experience with Beatlemania.  Since then, we’ve brought you news of Music Division events, including our world-renowned concert programs. We’ve highlighted a wide variety of treasures from the collection – from old maestros like Bach and  Chopin, to modern masters like Bersntein and Copland, to the jazz legends found in the photographs of William P. Gottlieb in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. We’ve raised many a virtual toast in honor of birthdays, such as that of today’s tomorrow’s celebrant – Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ve also featured a number of musical figures who you might not ordinarily associate with the Library of Congress, like Lawrence Welk (my personal favorite of the blog posts I’ve contributed). And we have noted the passings of musical legends from Lena Horne (one of our most viewed posts) to –  speaking of artists you don’t associate with the Library  – Mitch Miller.

You never know what you might see or hear In the Muse. We  hope in the coming year to bring you more treasures and share more of our discoveries with our readership. What would you like to see more of on the blog?


  1. John Pomerville
    December 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday!! and Happy Holidays to you all as well. Keep up the great work. I enjoy all of the postings.

  2. Pat Padua
    December 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Thanks so much John! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  3. ninh tan nguyen
    December 15, 2010 at 11:17 am


  4. lentigogirl
    December 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    It’s been an extraordinary year, Pat, and you and the Music Division should be very proud. Happy birthday!

  5. Pat Padua
    December 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Hi, and thank you ninh. Thanks so much – and thanks for your help lentigogirl!

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