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October 22, 2010

History exhibit comes to Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. — A traveling history exhibit gave local residents a chance to see documents featured in the Library of Congress on Friday.

The “Gateway to Knowledge” exhibit of the Library of Congress was parked outside the Anderson Public Library, offering a free peek into America’s history.

It was something Anderson resident Gary Clark couldn’t pass up.

“I have an interest in history,” Clark said, reviewing a display about Washington’s congressional buildings.

Clark said his family recently traveled to Philadelphia and saw the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

The trip renewed his interest in America’s founding days.

It also led him to question the current government.

“They (the founding fathers) labored over it for a long time,” he said of the government structure.

Now, Congress is failing, he explained. “Congress is not doing what it needs to do.”

“Government is too big,” he said.

For Susan Sawyer, a librarian, the exhibit gave her another chance to learn about one of her favorite topics — history.

Checking out a Depression-era exhibit on migrant workers, Sawyer marveled at the photographs of Dorothea Lange and learned more about the different jobs people did to keep afloat during that tough time in history.

“I’m a fan of the Depression-era,” she said.

Lange said she frequently visits the Library of Congress website and always finds something new and exciting to learn. “That’s what is so wonderful about this library,” she said.

Josh Van Gelder, exhibit guide, said the traveling exhibit is specifically designed for communities of less than 50,000 people.

Contact Brandi Watters 640-4847,        

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