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Librarian of Congress to receive Dolibois History Prize

Librarian of Congress and internationally celebrated scholar James Billington will receive the John E. Dolibois History Prize today from The Michael J. Colligan History Project of Miami Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation.

The prize, in honor of Ambassador Dolibois, is given for substantial and sustained efforts to promote the teaching of and learning about history in the community and throughout the nation.

A renowned historian in Russian history, Billington reflects on the true meaning of the sudden and radical changes in America's relations with the world during a lecture beginning at 7:30 p.m. today in Parrish Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress Sept. 14, 1987. He championed the Library's “American Memory” national Digital Library Program, www.loc.gov.

The program makes freely available online nearly 10 million American historical items for the collections of the Library and other research institutions.

A celebrated author, his latest work is Russia in Search of Itself, published in 2004. The book will be available for purchase during a reception following the lecture.

Date Published: 11/17/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 16

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