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Library of Congress

     Peter Orne reports:
     I was at the Library of Congress celebration Monday, watching Tito Puente, David Sanchez, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. This sweep of American music on the lawn behind the Capitol building struck me as a bit asynchronous with the LOC bicentennial celebration. I'd rather go to the Stanford Jazz Festival to hear great jazz, and to the Library of Congress to see a great celebration of books. As we ate our lunches on the grass, however, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man ran about reminding us of an exhibit inside the Jefferson Building devoted to the Wizard of Oz, which was quite wonderful. Further in, I discovered the exhibit devoted to Jefferson featuring his library (under restoration), which was just tremendous. The Jefferson exhibit and the new FDR memorial at the opposite end of the Mall make for a soul-stirring trip to Washington.

Ronald Hilton - 4/26/00