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Revisiting the National Recording Registry: Non-Music Recordings

The National Recording Registry  is well-known for its selections of music of all genres, but did you know about all of the historic radio and spoken word recordings that have also been inducted to the Registry? The Registry ensures that recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” get preserved for future generations, and many […]

An Evening of Old Time Radio at the Packard Campus (April 6, 2019)–SOLD OUT!

Saturday, April 6 (7:30 p.m.) An Evening of Old Time Radio with the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club The Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club makes its fourth appearance on the Packard Campus Theater stage with an evening of recreations of programs from radio’s Golden Age. Complete with sound effects, costumes and live organ […]

Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, March 21

Remembering Penny Marshall (1943-2018) - Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 14 – 16, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 14 (7:30 p.m.) Smoke Signals (Miramax, 1998) Native American directors are a rarity in Hollywood. After the early silent film pioneers James Young Deer and Edwin Carewe, the portrayal of Native Americans in cinema turned dark and stereotypical. These social […]

“America’s First Lady of Radio”: Mary Margaret McBride

Throughout 2019, the Library of Congress is inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers through a series of exhibitions, events, and programs. Changemakers are everywhere. Everyday citizens become trailblazers and history makers, shaping America and making life better. Come discover their stories with us, and be inspired to create new stories of your own. In honor of Women’s History Month […]

New Online: Educating the Public about Education

This is a guest post by Amanda Reichenbach about a new American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) collection covering education reporting on public television. The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Boston public broadcaster WGBH. Reichenbach worked on the release while interning last summer at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. The previous […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 7 – 9, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 7 (7:30 p.m.) In Caliente (Warner Bros., 1935) A New York theater critic (Pat O’Brien) falls in love with a Mexican dancer (Dolores Del Rio) and incurs the wrath of his gold-digging fiancée (Glenda Farrell). Filmed at the Mexican resort […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — March 2019

Here are some of the titles preserved by our film laboratory that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication.   March 1, 2019 “Going Places” (1938) Eureka Theater Eureka, California      March […]