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Powers of Two: Traditional Folk Duos

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 01.26.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

With two voices or instruments, it's easier to hear what each is doing separately as well as the sum total: melodies and countermelodies, synchronic and diachronic, horizontal and vertical. Which is all to say, some pretty cool duo recordings have crossed under my lintel of late.

27 Crazy Images Of Medical Treatments Through History

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living

When Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-ray in 1895, the New York Times was so skeptical that the paper referred to the medical breakt...

8 Places to Celebrate Alexander Hamilton in New York and Beyond

Dave Parfitt | Posted 01.06.2016 | Travel
Dave Parfitt

Alexander Hamilton's birthday is January 11, and now's the perfect time to re-discover the "ten dollar Founding Father without a father." Continue reading for more places to visit and celebrate Alexander Hamilton's legacy.

She Take Photos

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

During the holiday season, many of us used our smartphones to take pictures and to show family members and friends pictures of events that had occurred during the past year.

They Don't Make Maps Like this Anymore

The Huffington Post | Riley Arthur | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts

Since the human invention of territorial borders there has been a fascination with maps. Maps have defined the way we understand the world, outl...

Making the Digital Connections to Improve Education in the 21st Century

Frank Islam | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

That is a key connectedness challenge and the opportunity for the 21st century. It is being addressed and answers are being developed. Progress over the next decade will determine the adequacy of those solutions

Librarian Creates 'Books for Kids in Gay Families' Website

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

When I discovered that my book, Rumplepimple, had been included in the Books for Kids in Gay Families list I was first thrilled, and then intrigued. I decided to ask her a few questions about how the whole thing came about. Here are her responses

Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate, The First Latino To Hold The Post

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.10.2015 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress ann...

Family Of Rosa Parks Reflect On Memorabilia At Library Of Congress

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of civil rights activist Rosa Parks viewed some of her personal memorabilia for the first time Wednesday, and expressed...

LISTEN: Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Will Haunt Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.12.2015 | Weird News

Long before the masters of horror were using dolls in movies to scare the bejesus out of us, Thomas Edison unwittingly created one of the first -- and...

Kansas She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.27.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy in the classic 1939 movie Gone with the Wind.


John Densmore | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
John Densmore

Gosh, I'm pleased and flattered that our music is now in the Library of Congress, but it also feels a little weird because we were on Nixon's hit list along with Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and other "radicals." Now, we're "cool?"

Guess Where The Rosa Parks Archive Is Heading

AP | Brett Zongker | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, reflected later on how it felt to be treated less than equal and o...

Snow-Filled Illustrations From One Of America's First Humor Magazines Are Just Perfect

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.27.2015 | Arts

It's officially winter in the Northeast. A snow storm is upon us and -- in typical 21st century style -- city dwellers are clearing out liquor stores,...

Hilarious Vintage Posters Illustrate The Etiquette Of Movie-Going In 1912

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts

"Ladies, kindly remove your hats." "Please don't forget your umbrella or other parcels." These are some of the friendly reminders you would receiv...

Intelligent Design and Other Random Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

EIT - Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. This is the CIA's swell euphemism for torture. It's also a portable concept that can be applied to other noxi...

This Is What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts

Today, when we dream of Thanksgiving feasts, we envision impossibly overstuffed turkeys, Macy's Day parade crowds and daunting lines queuing up on ret...

Does the Magna Carta Mean More to Americans Than to Brits?

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.11.2015 | DC

Why the heightened interest here in the U.S. when even Britain's greatest explorer of history -- Shakespeare, of course -- failed to even mention the Magna Carta in his 1596 play King John?

Magna Carta: Awesome Tale

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 01.06.2015 | DC
Sir Peter Westmacott

Today, Magna Carta is regarded in both the UK and the US as a foundation stone of our freedoms. Next year marks its 800th anniversary, and to celebrate, Lincoln Cathedral in eastern England has sent its copy on a grand tour of the United States. From now until January, it will be exhibited at the Library of Congress.

Artist Turns Vintage Library Of Congress Photos Into Awesomely Creepy GIFs

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts

If you've never perused the Library of Congress online photography archives, you have not lived. The digital collection is a treasure trove of retro i...

President Harding's Love Letters To Mistress Are Nearly NSFW

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Divorce

Before Warren G. Harding became president of the United States, he was involved in a 15-year love affair with a woman named Carrie Fulton Phillips. ...

Your Old CDs Will Be Destroyed For Science

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Entertainment

The Library of Congress wants to destroy all your CDs for science. You know how your super old version of Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" sometimes w...

Start a Protest in Your Library

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

In our last post we talked about the future of academic library spaces. We encouraged everyone to dust off the shelves and to begin to think differen...

Musical Treasures of D.C.

Tony Woodcock | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The cultural riches of Washington D.C. have been a recent discovery for my family and me despite having visited the Capital on numerous occasions.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.