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    Local Legacies Participants To Visit Washington To Celebrate Their Unique Cultural Traditions at the Library of Congress A busload of Native American dancers from Montana, a group of mule drivers from North Carolina, participants in a yearly celebration of Thomas Edison from Florida, and celebrants from Saint Mary's, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church's Polka Mass from Pennsylvania are just a sample of the hundreds of Americans from all over the nation who will converge on the Library of Congress May...
    • Date: 2000-05-16
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    Library of Congress Adds New Online Collections to the American Memory Web Site The Library of Congress American Memory Web site has recently been enhanced by the addition of three new and exciting collections from the Library's Archive of Folk Culture and from three institutions in the Pacific Northwest."Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection" and "'Now What a Time': Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943" are new from the Archive...
    • Date: 2000-06-26
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    Diverse Group of Online Collections Debuts on American Memory Four collections of materials relating to American history have just been added to the award-winning American Memory collections available from the Library of Congress.Motion pictures from 1894 to 1915 depicting work, school and leisure activities in the United States are featured in "America at Work, America at Leisure," a presentation of 150 motion pictures. Highlights include films of the U.S. Postal Service from 1903,...
    • Date: 2000-08-31
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    Library of Congress and Arena Stage Present Concert Readings of Unpublished To celebrate the Library of Congress's Bicentennial and Arena Stage's 50th anniversary, there will be concert readings of Zora Neale Hurston's folk comedy, Polk County, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Dec.11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are required. The Coolidge Auditorium is in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.Polk County is an unpublished and unproduced...
    • Date: 2000-11-09
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    Two Collections on Americans and Their Land Debut on American Memory Web Site New collections documenting use of natural resources in Southern West Virginia and homesteading in Nebraska are now part of the American Memory collections Web site. In addition, approximately 4,650 letters, scientific notebooks, journals, and photographs were added to the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers."Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia" contains 679 excerpts from original sound recordings and 1,256 photographs from...
    • Date: 2000-10-31
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    Congress Establishes Veterans' Oral History Project in American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress On Veterans' Day, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will launch a program to collect and preserve the personal experience stories and oral histories of America's war veterans and make selections available to the public over the Internet.The Veterans' Oral History Project encourages war veterans, their families, veterans groups, communities, and students to audio- and video-tape the memories of veterans' time...
    • Date: 2000-11-09
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    Recorded Sound Collections Endangered Hundreds of thousands of historic ethnographic audio recordings are in serious danger, according to a recent survey conducted by the Library of Congress. Of the 300 respondents to the Library of Congress national survey, more than three-fourths reported that 25 to 50 percent of their collections are "seriously deteriorated."Problems associated with audio collections include:inadequate storage conditionscracked wax cylindersdecomposing acetate coatings of discs that "exude"...
    • Date: 2000-11-22
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    "Telling America's Stories" is New Library of Congress Reading Promotion Theme "Telling America's Stories" is the Library's new national reading promotion theme for 2001-2003, sponsored jointly by the Center for the Book and the American Folklife Center.
    • Date: 2001-01-10
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    Native American Flute Player to Give Free Concert Native American flute player and dancer Kevin Locke will perform a free concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E. on Tuesday, February 27, from noon to 1 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the Music Division and the American Folklife Center.
    • Date: 2001-02-08
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    Recording Academy Grants $40,000 For Sound Preservation Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, has announced a grant of $40,000 to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to support audio and video preservation.
    • Date: 2001-04-10
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    Newly Discovered War Letters to be Featured at Library of Congress Program on May 16 ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), and writer Christopher Buckley are among the participants in the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" program featuring a new book edited by Andrew Carroll, War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars (Scriber, 2001). The event will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 at the Library of Congress, Montpelier Room, sixth...
    • Date: 2001-04-20
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    American Folklife Center to Present Free Programs Nov. 15-16 The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present two days of folklife programing Thursday and Friday, November 15-16, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin A. Botkin, who served at head of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress from 1941 to 1944. All programs will be presented in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium in...
    • Date: 2001-04-27
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    First Lady Laura Bush is Honorary Chair of New Library of Congress National Reading Promotion Campaign Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that First Lady Laura Bush will serve as Honorary Chair of Telling America's Stories, the Library of Congress's national campaign to promote reading.
    • Date: 2001-04-24
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    Center for the Book Copublishes Major New Reference Work About the "Rivers of America" The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography, by Carol Fitzgerald, a comprehensive description of the 65-title "Rivers of America" book series (1937-1974), has been published by Oak Knoll Press and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2001-07-23
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    Library of Congress Documents Reactions to September 11, 2001, Tragedy for Posterity The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has called upon folklorists across the nation to document on audio tape the thoughts and feelings expressed by citizens following the tragic events of September 11, 200l.
    • Date: 2001-09-26
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    American Folklife Center To Begin Concert Series "Homegrown: The Music of America" is the title of a new concert series of traditional music and dance drawn from communities across the United States that will be sponsored by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, beginning on October 24.
    • Date: 2001-10-05
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    American Folklife Center To Present Free Programs Nov. 15-16 Author and television personality Roger Welsch; musicians Pete, Peggy, and Mike Seeger; "Banjo Dancing" performer Stephen Wade; and actors Floyd King, Ed Gero and Catherine Weidner from the Shakespeare Theatre are among the presenters featured at "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin," two days of free folklife programming to be presented by the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress on...
    • Date: 2001-10-05
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    Public Service Announcement THE AMERICAN FOLKLIFE CENTER WILL PRESENT TWO DAYS OF FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS ON AMERICAN FOLKLIFE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AND 16. THE ALL-DAY PROGRAMS BEGIN EACH DAY AT 9:30 A.M. AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS JEFFERSON BUILDING.
    • Date: 2001-11-01
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    American Folklife Center Places Historic Voices of Day After December 7, 1941 on Web Site On December 7, the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress will place on its Web site a selection of audio recordings made the day after the "day which will live in infamy." Featured in this online presentation are 12 selections, in MP3 format, recorded in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Burlington, North Carolina; and Dallas. The selections range in time from 30...
    • Date: 2001-12-04
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    Library of Congress Releases Several New Online Collections of American Historical Materials The Library of Congress's unparalleled online collections of American historical materials have been enhanced with the following collections, available from American Memory.
    • Date: 2002-02-15
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    American Folklife Center Begins Concert Series "Homegrown: The Music of America" is the title of a new outdoor concert series of traditional music and dance drawn from communities across the United States that will be offered by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, beginning on April 24.
    • Date: 2002-03-20
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    The Blind Boys of Alabama Perform at Library of Congress June 5 Fresh from their Grammy win, the Blind Boys of Alabama will present a free, lunchtime gospel concert on Wednesday, June 5, at noon, on the steps of the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Neptune Plaza, First and Independence Ave., SE. The concert will also be cybercast live at www.surfoboards.com/today/cyberlc.
    • Date: 2002-05-23
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    Chinese Puppet Theater to Perform at the Library of Congress The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Oregon Folklife Program, presents Yuqin Wang and Zhengli Xu, of Dragon Arts Studio, performing traditional Chinese puppet theater, on Wednesday, May 15, at noon, on the Neptune Plaza of the Jefferson Building, First and Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2002-04-17
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    The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress Announces New Online Collection: "Working In Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting" The "Working in Paterson" project was a four-month study of occupational culture in Paterson, N.J., that was conducted in 1994. Paterson is considered to be the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America. It was founded in 1791 by the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.), a group that had U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton as an advocate. The basis for Paterson's...
    • Date: 2002-04-30
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    THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA PRESENT FREE GOSPEL CONCERT AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS THE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING "BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA" BRING THEIR SPECIAL BRAND OF GOSPEL MUSIC TO THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, FOR A FREE NOONTIME CONCERT ON THE STEPS OF THE THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDING, LOCATED AT FIRST AND INDEPENDENCE S.E.
    • Date: 2002-05-17