“Gateway to Knowledge” To Stop in Southern West Virginia

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Noting the rare collection of national treasures coming to southern West Virginia this weekend, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) urged West Virginians to visit the Library of Congress traveling exhibition, the “Gateway to Knowledge,” during its stop in Beckley on July 29 – 30. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to see some of the top treasures from the unparalleled collection maintained by the Library of Congress,” said Rahall.  “The Library’s historical collections, exhibits, and artifacts are maintained and preserved for all Americans to enjoy; this stop in our backyard should not be missed.”

The Library of Congress “Gateway to Knowledge” exhibition is traveling in a specially out-fitted 18-wheel tractor-trailer, and will be at the Raleigh County Library in Beckley on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The exhibition outlines the history of the Library, including Thomas Jefferson’s donation of his personal book collection to the Library after the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814.  The museum-style exhibits feature facsimiles of such treasures as the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand with edits by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin; the original drawings for the comic book that introduced Spiderman; and Walt Whitman’s poem ‘”Leaves of Grass.” 

The exhibition is staffed by representatives well-versed in the Library and its collections.

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