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    Librarian of Congress Swearing-in Ceremony

    Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress. She was confirmed by the Senate on July 13, 2016, by a vote of 74 to 18. She replaced James Billington, who resigned after 28…

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    Social Reformer and Photojournalist Jacob Riis

    Bonnie Yochelson talked about and showed images from her book, Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half: A Complete Catalogue of His Photographs. Ms. Yochelson argued that the…

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    Radio and National Heritage

    Academics and archivists shared the methods they use to preserve audio from radio, film and TV. Some of the collections discussed include the NPR Historical Archives, Vox Pop radio and TV recordings,…

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    Preservation of Archival Audio

    Professor Paddy Scannell talked about the preservation of archival audio. He argued that recorded sound is as important as film in capturing history. He was the keynote speaker at “Saving…

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    Cultural Institutions and Book Publishing

    Carla Hayden and Ira Silverberg talked about the role of cultural institutions in fostering the future of the book. The panel was moderated by Harold Evans, former publisher and president…

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    Lewis and Clark's Expedition

    Ralph Ehrenberg and Herman Viola talked about their book, Mapping the West with Lewis in Clark. They also displayed the original 1814 map that was created by Meriwether Lewis and William…

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    Disappearance of World War II Bomber Crew

    Journalist and author Gregg Jones discusses the mystery behind the 1943 disappearance of a B-24 Liberator bomber, named “Jerk’s Natural,” over Austria during World War II. Mr. Jones is the…

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    America's Entry into World War I

    Professor Mary Dudziak talked about the events and politics behind America’s entry into World War I and its mixed support from the American people. From 1914 to 1917, under the leadership…

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    Library of Congress 1964 Civil Rights Act Exhibit

    Adrienne Cannon and Robert Brammer talked about the history of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Library of Congress' exhibit on the act. The exhibit was created to mark the 50th…

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    A Slave in the White House

    Elizabeth Dowling Taylor recounts the life of Paul Jennings, born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in 1799 and later a member of the household staff of President Madison. The…

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    The Moment in Time

    A documentary detailing the project to create a nuclear bomb during World War II. The Library of Congress and Los Alamos National Laboratory co-production uses interviews and oral histories…

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    Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Ceremony

    British dignitaries, including Princess Anne and the British ambassador to the United States, commemorated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the ceremony for the Library of Congress exhibit, “Magna…

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    America and the Magna Carta

    Law professors talked about the origins of the Magna Carta and its influence on the U.S. Bill of Rights. This event took place at the Library of Congress, where a 1215 copy of the Magna…

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    Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Gary May talks about the city of Selma, Alabama and its role in the 1965 voting rights fight for African Americans. He also spoke about the movie Selma and some of the historical inaccuracies in…

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    Andrew Jackson as a Southerner

    Mark Cheathem talked about his book Andrew Jackson, Southerner, a reassessment of President Jackson as a man who owned over 200 hundred slaves, married into an exclusive social order in…

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    Representative Ralph Hall Oral History Interview

    Representative Ralph Hall (D-TX) talked about his enlistment in the Navy during World War II and his experiences as a pilot on aircraft carriers. Representative Hall was a lieutenant in the…

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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) talked about growing up in Hawaii, witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how that event affected native Hawaiians and led to the Senator’s service in the…

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    Senator Thomas Carper Oral History Interview

    Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) talked about his experiences in the Vietnam War. Senator Carper was a naval flight officer during the war, and served in the National Reserve after the war as a…

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    Senator John McCain Oral History Interview

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about his experiences as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. Senator McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese in 1967, and was held as a prisoner of war (POW) for…

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    President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

    Members of the Library of Congress' staff visited the conservation lab and talked about the original copy of Lincoln’s second Inaugural address. To commemorate the anniversary of the address, the…

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