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Symposium on the First White House Library

  • 07 May 2010
  • 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Library of Congress

This symposium celebrates the publication of the book, "The First White House Library:  A History & Annotated Catalogue," edited by Catherine Parisian.  Here is the link to the full schedule:

The day officially starts with coffee at 9:30 followed by the first speaker at 10 a.m.; it ends with a reception at 5 p.m.  Two optional tours at LOC are available at 8:45 a.m. 

One of the speakers will be Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada, herself a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library.  Ms. Thacker-Estrada is the biographer of Abigail Powers Fillmore and has a chapter in the book on Mrs. Fillmore, who created the first White House library.  I had the pleasure of researching for Ms. Thacker-Estrada the whereabouts of Mrs. Fillmore when her husband, Vice President Millard Fillmore, became president on the sudden death of Zachary Taylor, 9 July 1850, and also when Mrs. Fillmore arrived in Washington.

The event is free and open to the public but those planning to attend should RSVP to Staceya Sistare-Anderson at (202) 707-5221; The Center for the Book and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress are co-sponsoring this event with the National First Ladies Library, Penn State University Press and the Bibliographical Society of America.

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