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H.Con.Res. 269 (enr) [Enrolled bill] ...
H. CON. RES. 269
Commending the Library of Congress and its staff for 200 years of
outstanding service to the Congress and the Nation and encouraging the
American public to participate in bicentennial activities.
H. CON. RES. 269
Whereas the Library of Congress, America's oldest Federal cultural institution,
was established on April 24, 1800, and in its 200 years of existence has
become the largest and most inclusive library in human history;
Whereas the Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to
the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a
universal collection of knowledge and creativity;
Whereas, in furtherance of its mission, the Library has amassed an unparalleled
collection of 119 million items, a superb staff of ``knowledge
navigators'', and networks for gathering the world's knowledge for the
Whereas the Library, the Congress, and the Nation have benefitted richly from
the work of thousands of talented and dedicated Library employees
throughout the Library's 200-year history;
Whereas the citizens of the United States have generously contributed to the
Library's collections through their own creativity, social and scholarly
discourse, donation of materials in all formats, and generous
Whereas the goal of the Library's bicentennial commemoration is to inspire
creativity in the centuries ahead and remind Americans that all
libraries are the cornerstones of democracy, encouraging greater use of
the Library of Congress and libraries everywhere;
Whereas this goal will be achieved through a variety of national, State, and
local projects, developed in collaboration with Members of Congress, the
staff of the Library of Congress, libraries and librarians throughout
the Nation, and the Library's James Madison Council and other
Whereas the centerpiece of the bicentennial celebration is the Local Legacies
Project, a joint effort of Congress and the Library of Congress to
document distinctive cultural traditions and historic events
representing local communities throughout the country at the turn of the
21st century; and
Whereas the bicentennial commemorative activities also include symposia,
exhibitions, publications, significant acquisitions, the issuance of a
commemorative coin and stamp, and enhanced public access to the
collections of the Library of Congress through the National Digital
Library: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress commends the Library of Congress and its employees,
both past and present, on 200 years of service to the Congress and the
Nation and encourages the American public to participate in activities
to commemorate the Library's bicentennial.
Passed the House of Representatives March 28, 2000.
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