Sunday, October 19, 2008

Our Library Of Congress



The Library of Congress is really our national library. One of the most important in the world, it holds the world's largest rare book collection, untold manuscripts, photographs, recordings, newspapers, magazines, maps and documents. The best part is, many are available for viewing online. If you're a history fan or interested in photography, the Library of Congess website is a virtual treasure trove.

The photograph above is an example of the quality of their images. It shows Charleston, South Carolina in ruins, just months before then end of the Civil War in 1865. The first shots of the War had been fired at a Federal ship in Charleston Harbor in Jan. 1861. The picture shows the ruins of the city from the Circular Church. The photograph below highlights the beauty of the Library itself.

The website is loc.gov. You can spend hours there, transported by their fascinating files.

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