2011-09-01 / News

Library of Congress to visit Newport next week

A special Library of Congress traveling exhibition – mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck – will visit Newport next week.

“Gateway to Knowledge” will be in Newport on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, and will be parked at the Newport Public Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The exhibition brings high-quality facsimiles of many of the Library’s top treasures and information about the millions of resources in the Library’s unparalleled collections to small towns and rural communities across America – areas that may not be aware of their access to the wealth of information in this publicly funded institution. Ultimately, the “Gateway to Knowledge” is expected to visit up to 60 sites in states across the Midwest and South during the year.

The exhibition features facsimiles of such treasures as the 1507 Waldseem├╝ller Map, the 1455 Gutenberg Bible and the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, and the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world.

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