FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Traveling Library of Congress exhibit to roll into Concord
A special Library of Congress traveling exhibit, “Gateway to Knowledge,” will visit Concord, New Hampshire on August 30 and 31.
Hosted by the New Hampshire State Library, “Gateway to Knowledge” is a museum-style exhibit mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck that expands to three times its road width. It will be parked in front of the New Hampshire State House at 107 North Main Street and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There is no cost to view the exhibition.
“Gateway to Knowledge” outlines the history of the Library of Congress, including Thomas Jefferson’s role in reestablishing the Library after the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814. It features facsimiles of selected Library treasures, including: the 1507 Waldseemuller Map (the first document to use the word “America”); the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand and with editing notes by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spiderman to the world; and Walt Whitman’s poem “Leaves of Grass.”
“Having ‘Gateway to Knowledge’ visit Concord is a tremendous opportunity for people in New Hampshire to learn more about the Library of Congress and the precedent our founding fathers placed on the importance of maintaining collections of documents related to our history,” said Michael York, state librarian. “The New Hampshire State Library is pleased to partner with the Library of Congress to bring this exhibit to our state.”
The exhibit and its national tour, which includes 90 sites in states across the Midwest, South and East Coast through September 2011, are made possible by the generous support of the Rapoport family. Bernie and Audre Rapoport are founding members of the James Madison Council, the Library of Congress’ private-sector advisory group.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions.
The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhsl.