Library of Congress

Library of Congress


World’s largest library. Explore collections, services & plan a visit. Follow @LibnOfCongress to meet Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress.

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MYSTICS WIN! A second great sports day in a row in DC, as our Washington@WNBA  franchise won the national title last night. We celebrate with some great women's hoop images from our collections. @WashMystics 

"Absconded from the household of the President..." The story of newspaper ads used to recapture "runaway slaves," including Oney Judge, a 20-year-old enslaved woman who escaped the President’s House in Philadelphia during George Washington's term. READ:

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In DC this weekend for the federal holiday? Why not visit the Library's Main Reading Room during our semi-annual Open House on Monday, Oct. 14. Or tour our Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va. Details for both:

Today in History: first lady & human rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt born, 1884 #otd  #tih 

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Shop Saturday: It's not too early to think about the holiday shopping season. Check out our new holiday catalog for 2019, filling with loads of great gift ideas for the book & library lover!

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NEWS: @LibnOfCongress  Carla Hayden today appointed Joy Harjo as the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Native American to serve in the position. "Words are powerful & can make change when understanding appears impossible."

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Today in History: Union General US Grant accepts surrender of Confederate army by Robert E Lee at Appomattox Court House, ending Civil War, 1865 #otd  #tih 

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Today in History: novelist, folklorist, dramatist & anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston born, 1891 #hbd  #otd  #tih 

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Today in History: Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for keeping her seat on a bus, 1955 #otd  #tih 

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Today in History: the Continental Congress approves the design for a national flag, 1777 #FlagDay  #otd  #tih 

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