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Where the River Shannon Flows

This blog post was co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some sentimental Irish ballads to listen to with our green beer, and the name that is most synonymous with Irish ballads is John McCormack. John McCormack (1884-1945) was an Irish born American […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (February 19-21, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. More National Film Registry treats this week. Thursday, February 19 (7:30 p.m.) The Big Lebowski (Gramercy, 1998, R-rated *) From the unconventional visionaries Joel and Ethan Coen came this 1998 tale of kidnapping, mistaken identity and bowling. The Coens […]

You Won’t BELIEVE What They Said About Us!

The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center has garnered a fair amount of media attention over the years and 2014 was no exception. Here’s a selection of print and broadcast stories from last year that, taken together, provide a good overview of who we are and what we do. The announcement of new additions to the National […]

A Yankee Spangled Banner in the Old Town Tonight

   Earlier this month we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing the  “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1814.  For much of our nation’s history since then, “The Star Spangled Banner” was not officially designated as the national anthem, but shared its position with a handful of other popular patriotic songs. In fact, as reported […]