October 31, 2003 The Library of Congress Is Coming to Cambridge

Special Events to Highlight Library's Services to Ohioans

Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217 | Giulia Adelfio, Library of Congress (202) 707-2153 | Brian J. Walsh, Director of Communications, U.S. Congressman Bob Ney (202) 225-8281 | Gregg Dodd, Ohio Arts Council (614) 466-4494
Contact: Caroline Pierson, Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center (740) 439-3637 or (740) 680-3508

The Library of Congress and U.S. Congressman Bob Ney, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, will sponsor several special events in Cambridge on Nov. 16-17 that will introduce southeast Ohio residents to the millions of educational and community resources available to them from the nation's library.

"The Library of Congress serves all Americans in every corner of the country, and we are excited to visit Cambridge as part of our nationwide outreach," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "This beautiful community has welcomed the Library with great enthusiasm and we are just as enthusiastic about bringing the Library's riches to Cambridge."

"As Chairman of the House Administration Committee, I have a great appreciation for the very important role the Library of Congress plays in preserving the history of our great nation. It is truly one of our nation's most valuable resources," said Congressman Ney. "I'm very pleased that the Library will be sharing its work with the citizens of Ohio, and I will continue to work very closely with Library officials on important national programs, such as the Veterans History Project."

"To help Ohioans share in the arts and culture of the national library, the Ohio Arts Council is proud to partner with the Library of Congress to bring their vast resources to the communities of Cleveland, Columbus and Cambridge. These workshops will help strengthen Ohio's already rich cultural life," said Executive Director Wayne Lawson, of the Ohio Arts Council.

On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center will be the venue for a public reception and concert with Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn. The free concert is open to the public and celebrates some of the American music preserved in the Library of Congress" American Folklife Center. Congressman Ney and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will join the celebration. The Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center is at 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge.

The following day, Nov. 17, will feature a workshop on "Preserving History in a Local Community," to be conducted by specialists from the American Folklife Center. Congressman Ney will conduct an oral history interview with a veteran for the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project encourages participants to interview veterans and record their wartime experiences for inclusion in the Library of Congress" collections. A special presentation will introduce the audience to the incomparable electronic educational materials on the Web site of the Library of Congress at www.loc.gov and demonstrate how these materials can enrich the lifelong learning experience.

Following is the schedule of events:

Sunday, Nov. 16
4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Public reception with Congressman Bob Ney and Librarian of Congress James Billington and free concert with Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn

Monday, Nov. 17
"Preserving History in a Local Community"
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Conservation Clinic on preserving family artifacts
10 a.m.-noon
Oral history workshop featuring the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress
10 p.m.-2 p.m.
Demonstration of the educational resources of the Library of Congress Web site, www.loc.gov

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 126 million items in all formats on which information is recorded. The collections of the Library are diverse and in more than 450 languages. The collections include nearly 19 million books, 2.6 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.9 million maps, 5 million music items and 56 million manuscripts. The resources of the national library are accessible to all Americans. Through its popular and educational Web site (www.loc.gov), the Library makes more than 8 million items freely available to anyone with Internet access. The Library was founded in 1800 and has grown into an unparalleled resource for knowledge and information.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.


PR 03-194
ISSN 0731-3527