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Visiting the Library
- Library of Congress

May 20 - September 4, 1999

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention exhibition

June 15-17, 1999

Frontiers of the Mind in the Twenty-First Century symposium

June 26, 1999

Winners of the National Photography Contest Beyond Words: Celebrating America's Libraries announced at the 1999 American Library Association Annual Conference

October 1999 - May 2002

I Hear America Singing concert series

November 18 , 1999 - March 4, 2000

John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations exhibition

February 29 - March 1, 2000

Informing the Congress and the Nation symposium

March 7-10, 1999

Democracy and the Rule of Law in a Changing World Order symposium

April 2000

Publication of America's Library: The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000
Publication of Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty
Publication of The Library of Congress: An Architectural Alphabet

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Favorite Poets, a series of four one-hour radio interviews with Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, W.S. Merwin, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck

3rd Poetry in America: A Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration, reading and presentation/screening of the first 50 video recordings of the Favorite Poem Project

4th Poetry in America: Reading, Voice and Publication in the 19th and 20th Centuries symposium

April 21st - September 23rd The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale exhibition

24th On the Library of Congress 200th Birthday:

  • 9:30-10:30 am
    Commemorative coins and stamp issuance ceremonies
  • 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Thomas Jefferson exhibition opens (exhibition is open through November 16, 2000)
  • 11:00-11:45 am
    Press Event for the launch of a new Web site for families, "America's Library," and public service campaign with the Ad Council
  • 12:00-2:00 pm
    Library of Congress National Birthday Party

25th Commemorative stamp second-day issue events begin at libraries nationwide

May 2000

Commemorative stamp second-day issue events continue nationwide

23rd Local Legacies event, a salute to America's cultural traditions, with members of Congress and Local Legacies participants

August 2000

Publication of The Nation's Library: The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. visitors' guide

October 2000

4th Celebration of the Bicentennial year and 10th Anniversary of the James Madison Council

23rd-27th National Libraries of the World: Interpreting the Past and Shaping the Future symposium

30th-31st To Preserve and Protect: The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources symposium

November, 2000

15th-17th Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium: Confronting the Challenges of Networked Resources and the Web symposium

December 2000

20th Ceremony sealing the Bicentennial Time Capsule

National Digital Library's "Gifts to the Nation," with five million American historical items available on


World Treasures of the Library of Congress exhibition

Publication of Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress


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