May 9, 2010 |
Sometime over the last 200 years the Library of Congress came to be regarded as stuffy. This could be because its prized holdings include George Washington's copy of the Constitution and the Giant Bible of Mainz. But under all that marble and granite in the heart of the nation's capital beats an alter ego that is hip. How else would one explain the latest acquisition of the world's largest library: every tweet ever twittered since the very first tweet by founder Jack Dorsey ("just setting up my twttr')
May 28, 2009 |
It was an exciting moment: I was in the Library of Congress, watching as a cart approached packed with dozens of dull gray boxes. I was about to open what amounted to a time capsule and plunge into the 1940s, an America most of us today can barely conjure. A good way to understand our own times is to examine the past. Our entry into World War II started a process of inexorable change in America.
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February 2, 2009 |
Have you ever tried to define God? Or wondered whether it is ethical to eat meat? Or debated if pornography is a sin? For a decade, AskMoses.com has been answering questions like these to a growing worldwide audience. Rabbinic scholars from the Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement dispense the free advice online 24 hours a day, six days a week (they don't work on the Sabbath).
May 2, 2008 |
WASHINGTON -- The Declaration of Independence looked a bit different before Benjamin Franklin got his hands on it, using a pen to scratch out the words "sacred and undeniable." After all, he thought, it would be better to make these truths "self-evident" that all men are created equal. Edits such as this are captured in a new exhibit at the Library of Congress that enables visitors to literally zoom in on the specific words and phrases that formed the basis of the American republic.
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January 25, 2008 |
As children lofted soccer balls in MacArthur Park and ice cream vendors passed with bells ringing, a dozen Latino parents and the Real Madrid girls' soccer team crowded around an unfamiliar silver Airstream trailer earlier this week, full of questions. A Honduran immigrant, Miguel Velasquez, emerged and explained in Spanish to the group that the trailer is part of StoryCorps, a Brooklyn, N.Y.
July 28, 2007 |
CULPEPER, Va. -- More than 6 million film and recording artifacts -- including footage of Elvis Presley's gyrations and Charlie Chaplin's bowlegged gait -- have a new home in this town southwest of Washington, D.C. The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center was officially turned over to the Library of Congress on Thursday. The three-building complex brings together all the library's scattered recordings and conservation staff.
May 23, 2007 |
Paul Simon's first encounter with the Library of Congress came in 1956, when, as a 14-year-old, he sent his first song to the Library's Copyright Office. When Simon visited the library recently, he was reunited with the lead sheet that secured his copyright registration for "The Girl for Me," credited to P. Simon and A. Garfunkel. "It's extremely touching for me because it's in my father's hand," says Simon, whose father, Louis, played bass in dance bands and television orchestras in New York.
September 17, 2006 |
Shari Smothers was having an intimate conversation with her brother Kemic about life's small details -- the little moments he had never stopped to appreciate but now missed so deeply. The hard-charging lawyer had never given much thought to the clerks and the bailiffs who greeted him with smiles at the courthouse in New Orleans every morning, asking about his pregnant wife, his 2-year-old son, the rest of his family.
May 21, 2006 |
Out of ammunition and fleeing enemy fire at the Battle of Gettysburg, 19-year-old Union Sgt. Warren H. Freeman encountered a big, badly wounded Confederate officer who asked to be dragged to shelter from the fire of his own side. "I declined for want of time and strength to lift him," Freeman wrote a few days later in a letter home. Then the officer asked Freeman to take his handkerchief and wipe the sweat from around his eyes. Freeman, still under fire, did.