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May 14, 2001

Media Advisory
Library to Host Local History Program for Washington, D.C., Elementary School Students on May 22

"Discovering Hidden Washington: A Journey Through the Alley Communities of the Nation's Capitol," a program for local school students that highlights primary source materials from the Library's late-19th century Washington, D.C., collections, will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in the Coolidge Auditorium, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.

Sponsored by the Director for Public Service, Library Services, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the program gives participating students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the "hidden Washington" of the late 19th century through music, dance, storytelling, and important letters, photographs, newspapers, and maps. The students will be from J.O. Wilson, Watkins, Janney and Shepherd elementary schools, Capitol Hill Day School, Sharpe Health School, Stuart-Hobson Middle School, and World Public Charter School. In addition to Library of Congress subject specialists and curators, presenters will include the Washington Revels, a performance group that works in partnership with the Library to offer this local history program. The group is dedicated, through performance, community involvement and education, to promoting celebrations that draw people together.

"Discovering Hidden Washington: A Journey Through the Alley Communities of the Nation's Capitol," is the first Library of Congress event to mark Telling America's Stories, the Library's national reading promotion theme for 2001-2003. First Lady Laura Bush is Honorary Chair of the Telling America's Stories campaign, which focuses on how stories connect people to the world of books and reading. "Discovering Hidden Washington" also continues a series of annual Library of Congress programs that support local school curricula. Each program, through live presentations, makes the Library's special collections relevant and meaningful to individual students. For more information, visit the Library's Web site at

The Director for Public Service Collections is responsible for Library of Congress activities that serve the public and acquire, catalog, and preserve manuscripts, motion pictures, music and recorded sound, maps, newspapers, bound periodicals, and folklife materials, as well as the18 million books in the Library's collections.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information about its programs and publications and the activities of its affiliates in 42 states and the District of Columbia, visits its Web site at

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PR 01-078
ISSN 0731-3527

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