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Readers:Sevanne Martin is a professional actress who lives and works out of New York City. She has appeared in leading roles at the Arena stage here in Washington DC, the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota, the Petersborough Players in New Hampshire and other regional theaters. Ms. Martin has been a teacher of theater arts at several universities and conducts workshops on an ongoing basis.
Norman Middleton is Co-producer of the "Concerts from the Library of Congress," an outstanding musical series sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division. Mr. Middleton is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the Salzburg Mozarteum (Diploma). He has been at the Library of Congress for eighteen years.
Lynn Schrichte is a professional actress and writer who lives and works in Washington, DC. Ms. Schrichte's roles include Essie in Ah, Wilderness! and Mae in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many others. Her television credits include roles on Homicide: Life on the Streets and Search for Grace, a CBS Movie of the Week. Mrs Fiske: Against the Wind is her first full-length play.
Library of Congress Curators:Adrienne Cannon is the African-American History and Culture Specialist in the Manuscript Division, where she has served for two of her three years on the Library staff. Ms. Cannon came to the Library from a position as curator of special collections at the University of Virginia Library.
Marvin Kranz is an American History Specialist in the Manuscript Division. While a specialist in the American presidency, Mr. Kranz is also a generalist with a vast knowledge of the Library's manuscript collections. He is the curator of the psychoanalytical collections and has been with the Library for almost 29 years.
Rosemary Plakas, American History Specialist in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, is in her twenty-eighth year of interpreting rare Americana collections at the Library of Congress. She enjoys sharing information about the Library's rich collections on the American Revolutionary Era, African American History and Women's History.
Mary Wolfskill is the Library's Margaret Mead specialist as well as the Head of Reference and Reader Services in the Manuscript Division. As both librarian and archivist, she is a frequent speaker at national and regional meetings of professional archive and library associations. Ms. Wolfskill has been at the Library for 29 years.
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