| Jan 27, 2013
| 2:56 PM
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....
| Dec 1, 2012
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-...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 2:03 PM
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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...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:52 PM
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...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:13 PM
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....
| Sep 20, 2012
| 1:19 PM
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...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 2:30 PM
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.
| Dec 20, 2012
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...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:32 AM
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...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:02 AM
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...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 10:23 AM
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...
| Sep 1, 2012
| 2:42 PM
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”...