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Congressional Clocks Have a Secret Code

Library of Congress rotunda clock (Photo: Library of Congress) In Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, there are clocks everywhere. Every Congressional office suite, according to the Architect of the Capitol, has at least three clocks in it. Show More Summary

Interview With Law Library of Congress Rare Book Cataloguer Anna Bryan

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, has been running an interview series featuring members of the library staff. The series started in late October 2010.The most recent interview is with Anna Bryan,...Show More Summary

Ellis Island's Forgotten Final Act as a Cold War Detention Center

A group of immigrants wave goodbye as they are deported, 1952. (Photo: Library of Congress) On November 17, 1950 famed Hungarian-born violinist Joseph Szigeti arrived in New York City to begin an American concert tour. Szigeti was no stranger to the United States, having already toured the U.S. Show More Summary

Road & Tracks: 1938

January 20, 1938. "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction. View of track and roadway, lower deck, East Bay. Caltrans, photographer." Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress. View full size.

A Trove of Rarities in ‘Jazz Singers’ Exhibition at Library of Congress

"Jazz Singers" is to open at the Library of Congress on Feb. 11 and remain on view until July.

The Bad Deed that Robbed Compton Avenue of Its Most Iconic Church

Bethlehem Baptist Church, photographed in 2005. (Photo: Library of Congress) Pastor Melvin Ashley did not know the roughed-up, graffiti-scarred church on 49 th and Compton Avenue, in Los Angeles, belonged to the city’s historic registry when he stumbled upon it late in 2013. Show More Summary

How New Yorkers coped with a smothering heat wave in 1911

People nap in Battery Park. Image: Bain News Service/Library of Congress Beginning on July 4, 1911, the northeastern United States was smothered by an 11-day heat wave Temperatures reached well past 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Boston and New York In New York, people sought respite from the heat in the shade of parks, in fountains and at the beach. Show More Summary

Photo of the Week: Hands On Fire

Look, Ma, flammable hands! (Photo: Library of Congress) In 1938, the news photo agency Harris & Ewing visited the United States Bureau of Mines in Maryland. An employee of USBM, A. George Stern, had a new invention to test out: a volatile fluid that vaporized nearly instantaneously. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Flickr Commons – Going Strong! | Library of Congress Blog “Most weeks, we post old news photographs that have incomplete and even erroneous titles. The steady addition of informative comments remains much appreciated, and we have folded almost 9,000 updated photo captions back into our own online catalog. Show More Summary

From hip hop to politics: Four cartoonists confirmed for this fall’s National Book Festival

TWO GRAPHIC NOVELISTS who plumb the dynamics of culture, and two editorial cartoonists who plunge into the culture of politics, have been confirmed for September’s National Book Festival, the Library of Congress is announcing.Read full article >>

You've never seen a farmer's market like this one from 1900

Image: Bain News Service/Library of Congress The Westchester County Fair, held in various locations just north of New York City, first emerged as an annual summer tradition in 1694, when the villages of Westchester and Rye would gather...Show More Summary

See Willie Nelson Preview Gershwin Tribute LP With 'Summertime'

Willie Nelson was the first country artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize in 2015, a prestigious honor he shares opposite such names as Paul McCartney and Carole King for his lifetime of achievements. And now he's showing the synchronicity between his work and the legendary songwriting duo...

Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2015: Best Practices

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has released their third annual Best Practices publication. Along with the three previously announced 2015 prize winners, fourteen other organizations presenting paramount methods for increasing literacy are included in the publication. Show More Summary

Roberta I. Shaffer Named Law Librarian of Congress

Earlier this month, Roberta I. Shaffer was named the newest Law Librarian of Congress: "She is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar. She has been an active member of the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, ARMA International (Records Management) and the World Future Society. Show More Summary

100 Years Ago, American Women Held Serious Venus de Milo Lookalike Contests

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Photo: Gautier Poupeau/Library of Congress) In 1820, a farmer dug up a mysterious Greek statue on the island of Melos. He found a remarkably well-preserved statue of what is probably Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty—or Venus, as the Romans called her. Show More Summary

Imagine how kids entertain themselves today, then look at these pics from 1941

Image: Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Image: Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Image: Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Image: Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Image: Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Image: Arthur...Show More Summary

Daylight theft-from-auto suspect arrested after Capitol Hill search

Suspect arrested on Capitol Hill in theft-from-auto after noontime search near Library of Congress

Calvin Frazier This Old World’s In A Tangle

3 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Calvin FrazierThis Old World’s In A TangleLaurieThis disc is is Laurie Records’ second reissue of Library of Congress field recordings that Alan Lomax recorded in Detroit in the late thirties. Containing all of the blues Calvin Frazier...Show More Summary

How West Broadway Became One of NYC's Most Critical Streets

A detail from the 1754 Maerschalk map of New York City. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress. Lower Manhattan is filled with odd streets, from the obscure intersection of Jay and Staple (where you can own your own...

Friday's TV Highlights: 'Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song'

SERIES Reign New information gives Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) a new reason to worry about her hold over England in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA Last Man Standing Disappointed she didn't get into West Point, Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) is inspired by Joe the mechanic (Jay Leno) in this new episode. Tim...

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