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  • Indianapolis exhibit spotlights the Lincoln family

     Indianapolis exhibit spotlights the Lincoln family
    Toys, furniture, photographs and insightful documents pull Abraham Lincoln, his parents and his descendants off the history pages at "The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family," an exhibit coming to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis....
  • Choosing books for the holidays

    Choosing books for the holidays
    Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
  • Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'

    Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer’s...
  • 'Mary Coin' imagines 'Migrant Mother's' life

    'Mary Coin' imagines 'Migrant Mother's' life
    A photograph, Marisa Silver writes at the end of her new novel, "Mary Coin," is "an alchemy of fact and invention that produces something recognizable as the truth. But it is not the truth." It is as if Silver is writing about her own new novel here...
  • 'Mary Pickford': A portrait fit for film royalty

    'Mary Pickford': A portrait fit for film royalty
    Mary Pickford bobbed her hair on June 21, 1928. It made news worldwide. For she was "America's Sweetheart," and those signature golden curls symbolized an earlier, more innocent age when Pickford reigned as the most famous movie star in the world....
  • See shuttle photos on the NASA Flickr account

    See shuttle photos on the NASA Flickr account
    There is a photography saying that sometimes the most important thing to do for a great photo is to “be there.” And when the “there” is from special access, the photos are often unique. A recent example was Wednesday’s final...
  • Taking the Kids: Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond

    Taking the Kids: Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond
    Talk about the best birthday present ever. You've got to think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be smiling down as we, on the same day, celebrate his birth and the second inauguration of Barack Obama, our first African-American president. Ask your...
  • For the record

    National Film Registry: An article in the Dec. 19 Calendar about the latest selections for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress said that "A League of Their Own" was about the All-American Girls Professional Softball League...
  • Natasha Trethewey appointed to second term as U.S. poet laureate

    The Library of Congress announced Monday that the U.S. poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, has been appointed to a second one-year term. Trethewey celebrated the end of her first term with a reading at the Library of Congress, which she compared to a...
  • Poetry Foundation names Kenn Nesbitt its children's poet laureate

    Poetry Foundation names Kenn Nesbitt its children's poet laureate
    The Poetry Foundation announced Tuesday that "Revenge of the Lunch Ladies" author Kenn Nesbitt will be its next children's poet laureate, a position the foundation created in 2006 to recognize that "children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are...
  • The books behind the new films at the Library of Congress [Video]

    The books behind the new films at the Library of Congress [Video]
    The Library of Congress announced the names of 25 films Wednesday that are to be enshrined in its National Film Registry. Of those 25, 5-1/2 were based on books or stories. The half? Read on. The 1983 film "A Christmas Story" -- with Ralphie, a frozen...
  • Hal David, Burt Bacharach's music partner, dies at 91

     
    Hal David, the renowned pop music lyricist whose prolific collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach produced a wealth of memorable hits in the 1960s and early ’70s, including “Walk on By,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love”...