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  • Latest News: The Library Has A New Book

    A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books.

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June 22, 2011 U.S. Navy and OpSail will commemorate Bicentennial of War of 1812 and Star-Spangled Banner with major events in 2012-2015

Bicentennial of the war of 1812We remember our War Secretary James Monroe Monroe.

He, more than anyone else was credited with successfully prosecuting the War of 1812 as both Secretary of State and Secretary of War,  at the same time.  Monroe  was asked by President James Madison to serve as Secretary of War after the burning of the Capitol and White House in 1814.  Monroe's predecessor resigned after telling Madison that "the Federal City could no longer be defended."    

Click here to learn more about Operation Sail and the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.