Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217; Sandy Abadinsky, Porter/Novelli (202) 973-5800

April 24, 1996

The Founding Fathers Go Digital

WHAT: "The Founding Fathers Go Digital" with the help of a major gift from Reuters. Exactly 207 years after Washington was inaugurated, the Library of Congress will announce this gift to the National Digital Library Program to make available on-line the papers of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Also included will be demonstrations of historical collections from the Library of Congress and Reuters.

WHO: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Rep. Thomas Bliley of Virginia
Reuters Chief Executive Peter Job
Students from Evans Junior High School in Northeast Washington

WHEN: April 30, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Library of Congress
Digital Library Visitors' Center
Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

NOTE: Selected original items from the Washington and Jefferson papers will be on view before the news conference with curators from the Library's Manuscript Division.

A light lunch will be served following the press conference.

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PR 96-66
ISSN 0731-3527

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