April 27, 2007 German Chancellor Angela Merkel To Transfer 1507 Waldseemüller Map To Library of Congress, April 30
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to Accept Map on Behalf of U.S. Government And Deliver Remarks at Event for Invited Guests and Credentialed Media
Press Contact: Matt Raymond (202) 707-0020; Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Contact: Embassy contact: Silvana Reimann (202) 298-4248; David Wedepohl (202) 298-4338
WHAT: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will officially accept the 1507 Martin Waldseemüller World Map on behalf of the U.S. government in a ceremony at the Library of Congress on Monday, April 30. The Federal Republic of Germany, represented by Chancellor Angela Merkel, will officially transfer the map, known as “America’s Birth Certificate.” The map is the first document on which the name “America” appears, and celebrated its 500th anniversary on April 25, 2007. The map will be on display during the ceremony. It will be briefly lit once before and once after the ceremony for photographers but will otherwise be dimly lit. In December 2007, the map will be placed on permanent exhibition in a state-of-the-art encasement at the Library of Congress. WHEN: From 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Members of the media are advised to arrive by 4 p.m., in order to proceed through security, and must be seated by 4:30 p.m. WHERE: In the Library’s Great Hall, first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Entrance may be gained by the first-floor doors at the top of the grand staircase or by the ground-level carriage entrance. WHO: Invited guests and credentialed members of the media. Media registration is required; please call Donna Urschel at 202-707-1639 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic images of the map are available for the press.