A specially-designed 18-wheel truck brought treasures and information from the Library of Congress into cities and towns across America. Beginning in September 2010, the "Gateway to Knowledge" rolling exhibition visited sites in states across the Midwest, South, and Northeast through September 2011, concluding its tour where it began, at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.
The truck, staffed and driven by two docents well-versed in the Library and its collections, parked at various universities, libraries, community centers and other public venues.
Concluding 2011 Schedule
|Sept. 2-3||Monument Square, Portland, Maine|
|Sept. 6-7||Newport Public Library, Newport, R.I.|
|Sept. 9-10||East Hartford Public Library, East Hartford, Conn.|
|Sept. 13-14||Montgomery Township Lower Middle School., Montgomery, N.J.|
|Sept. 16-17||Urbana Regional Library, Urbana, Md.|
|Sept. 20-21||Culpeper County Library, Culpeper, Va.|
|Sept. 24-25||National Book Festival, Washington, D.C.|
For Teachers and Students
The exhibition and its national tour were made possible by the generous support of the Bernie and Audre Rapoport family, who are founding members of the Library’s private-sector support organization, the James Madison Council. The "Gateway to Knowledge" exhibition brought the Library’s riches to areas of the nation -- particularly rural areas -- that may not be aware of their access to the wealth of information in this publicly funded institution.