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:http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-085.htmlThe 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.