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The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (Edison, 1914)

This week we’re celebrating the bicentennial of The Star Spangled Banner, which originated as a poem written by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed the unsuccessful bombardment of Ft. McHenry by the British Navy on 14 September 1814. Although The Star Spangled Banner wasn’t adopted officially as our National Anthem until 1931, its repeated use […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 11-13, 2014)

The following is a guest post by Film Preservation Specialist Carol Galbraith, who programmed the Packard Campus Theater September schedule. It’s not as easy as you’d think to program a theater schedule, even for just one month. I wanted to please a lot of people. Everyone had an idea of what to show, and all […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 4-6, 2014)

A Robin Williams tribute and the always-wonderful Jack Benny in his best screen performance highlight this week at the Packard Campus Theater. Thursday, September 4 (7:30 p.m.) To Be or Not to Be (United Artists, 1942) Jack Benny stars as “that great, great actor” Joseph Tura, whose Polish theater troupe is put out of business […]

“Meet” Martha Rountree

The following is a guest post by Cary O’Dell, Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board. You might never have heard of her, but Martha Rountree is one of the most important women in the history of American broadcasting. The longevity of her “product” rivals Lucille Ball’s. Her importance and influence is as esteemed as […]

Kachank! A Back-to-School Miscellany from the National Jukebox

 Kachank? That’s the sound that signals summer’s end as returning students slam locker doors while swarming high school corridors, yelling, jostling and creating general chaos. Nevertheless, in the windy, rainy and icy days ahead, the Library of Congress National Jukebox can provide you many songs that evoke summers past and prepare you to face the coming school (or […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 21-23, 2014)

WESTERN SWING: LIVE AND ON FILM A combining of traditional western music and hot jazz with a little bit of bluegrass and gospel mixed in, western swing quickly gained acceptance and became very popular in the 1930s. Thursday, August 21 (7:30 p.m.) Rockin’ in the Rockies (Columbia, 1945) The Hoosier Hot Shots–creators of madcap “rural […]