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August 10, 1998

Jefferson Building Renovation Wins AASLH Award From State and Local History Association

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has selected the Library of Congress and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol as joint 1998 AASLH Award of Merit winners for the renovation and restoration of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The AASLH annual awards program, now in its 54th year, honors achievement in the preservation and interpretation of American history. This award recognizes the planning and successful accomplishment of a cooperative yet demanding 12-year effort, completed in 1997, that returned the Library of Congress's original 1897 building to its turn-of-the-century glory as "the book palace of the American people."

The award will be accepted on behalf of both organizations by John Y. Cole, Director of the Library's Center for the Book, on Sept. 11 at a ceremony during the 1998 AASLH annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. Dr. Cole is author of On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Buildings of the Library of Congress (Library of Congress, 1995) and co-editor of The Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building (W.W. Norton & Co., in association with the Library of Congress, 1997).

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PR 98-118
ISSN 0731-3527

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