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September 16, 1998

Vclav Havel To Open Exhibit September 17

Vclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, will open an exhibition at the Library of Congress on Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. to mark the beginning of the Month of the Czech Republic. The exhibition, titled "The Birth of Czechoslovakia: October 1918," commemorates the 80th anniversary of the founding of the independent Czechoslovak state.

The event is open for coverage by the press, with credentials. Please enter the West entrance on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., at 5 p.m.

Dr. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will deliver opening remarks, followed by His Excellency Alexandr Vondra, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States; the Honorable Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State; and President Havel, who will present orders to General John M.D. Shalikashvili, the Hon. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Vclav Hyvnar, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, Jir Kovtun, Petr Bsek, Zdenek Hruban, Jaroslav Nemec (in memoriam), Ambassador Julian M. Niemczyk, the Hon. Peter V. Rodman, and Jeremy Rosner.

A reception will follow. The event will conclude at 8:30 p.m.

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PR 98-151
ISSN 0731-3527

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