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).
December 31, 2008 |
One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most famous one-liners will be back for generations to come, now that 1984's "The Terminator" has been selected for preservation in the nation's film archive. The low-budget film directed by James Cameron set a new standard for science-fiction and made Schwarzenegger, now California's governor, a star. The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it's one of 25 films being added to the National Film Registry.
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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.
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.
April 12, 2006 |
A high school band plays Beethoven. President Calvin Coolidge delivers his inaugural address. Fats Domino turns "Blueberry Hill," a hit for big-band leader Glenn Miller, into a rock 'n' roll classic. They're among the 50 records the Library of Congress deemed worthy of preservation this year.
January 29, 2006 |
GEORGE CAYWOOD and his grown daughter, Gina, have always been close, but when a radio microphone was recently placed between them they became even closer. The Caywoods this month added their distinctive stories to an ambitious national oral history project called StoryCorps whose goal is to amass a library of a quarter-million interviews between ordinary Americans over the next decade.