September 25, 2001 Author Lee Miller to Discuss <em>Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony</em> at the Library of Congress

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Writer, anthropologist, and ethnohistorian Lee Miller will discuss her latest book, Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony at the Library of Congress on Monday, November 5th at 12:00 noon. The presentation is sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and the Center for the Book and will take place in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. The program is free and open to the public.

For more than 400 years scholars have puzzled over the complete disappearance of the English colonists on Roanoke Island, the first colony in America organized by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587. In Roanoke, Ms. Miller proposes a new theory as to what happened to the colony and why. By delving into the political intrigues within Queen Elizabeth's court, and by conducting a thorough anthropological study of Indian nations in the interior of North Carolina, Ms. Miller offers a fascinating solution to this centuries-old enigma. Her exhaustive research and superb writing have produced a scholarly work that reads as a fast-paced historical mystery.

Lee Miller holds a master's degree in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University with emphasis on American Indian cultural history. She has worked reorganizing the Smithsonian Institution's American Indian collection and was a consultant to the Library of Congress for its Columbus Quincentenary exhibit and related educational programs. She was a writer and head of research for the CBS miniseries 500 Nations and its companion book. In addition, Ms. Miller has written From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian and was a contributor to Many Nations: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples. Ms. Miller is of Kaw descent.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and collection development in the Main, Local History and Genealogy, and Microform Reading Rooms at the Library of Congress. It regularly sponsors programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. It provides a broad range of programs through its "Books and Beyond" series in Washington, DC, and through its 42 state affiliates and the District of Columbia. Visit its Web site at


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