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September 2, 1998

Exhibition Commemorating Founding of Czechoslavakia To Open at Library of Congress

An exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia will be on display at the Library of Congress September 18 through December 26.

The exhibition will contain a variety of materials drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress pertaining to the movement during World War I to create an independent Czechoslovakia, which was strongly supported by Czechs and Slovaks living in the United States.

On display will be photographs and correspondence of leaders of the independence movement, such as Thomas Masaryk, Milan Stefanik, and Edvard Benes, and a typescript copy of the Czechoslovak Declaration of Independence from the Woodrow Wilson Papers, as well as additional correspondence between President Wilson and Thomas Masaryk. Posters created in 1918 by the Czech artist Vojtech Preissig (1873-1944) in support of the independence movement and the U.S. war effort also will be displayed.

The exhibition will be located in the North Gallery of the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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PR 98-135
ISSN 0731-3527

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