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September 18, 1997

Library of Congress Bicentennial Program To Be Unveiled

Major Gifts to be Announced

At a press briefing on Monday, October 6, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will describe plans for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Library of Congress in the year 2000. The briefing, at 11 a.m. will be held in the Librarian's ceremonial office in the newly-restored Thomas Jefferson Building. This private office, rarely seen by the public, is one of the most richly decorated rooms in the building and contains the vault where the contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night of his assassination were kept for many years.

The Ceremonial Office is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st and Independence Ave. S.E. Use the Visitors' Center entrance on the ground floor.

In addition to discussing the scope of the special activities planned between now and 2000, Dr. Billington will unveil a new logo and theme for the celebration, as well as announce the first major donations received to support the bicentennial program.

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PR 97-153
ISSN 0731-3527

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