Time for the Wednesday Reveal! What famous library was burned almost 200 years ago? The Library of Congress, burned by the British when they captured Washington DC on August 24, 1814. (This was during the War of 1812. Remember Dolley Madison removing George Washington’s portrait from its frame so she could save it from the British? This was the same day.)
The following year, after America had won the war, Congress purchased the bulk of Thomas Jefferson’s book collection to replace the 5000 burned volumes of the Library of Congress. And the Library of Congress was rebuilt – only to suffer another fire in 1851. The current, fireproof Library of Congress was opened in 1853.
Photo caption: The entrance to the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., United States of America, North America
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