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October 22, 2004
Author and Historian Anthony Pitch to Speak at the Library Nov. 9
Award-winning Writer and Historian Will Give Historical Insight About His Research Experience
Award-winning writer and historian Anthony S. Pitch will speak at the Library of Congress' sixth annual Judith P. Austin Memorial Lecture at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the sixth floor Dining Room A of the Library's James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington D.C. This event is free and open to the public.
Pitch will share his unique insights about conducting research at the Library in a lecture titled "Research at the Library of Congress: An Historian's Perspective."
Pitch's flair for bringing the local area's past to life will interest both history buffs and residents of the metropolitan Washington area. An indefatigable explorer in the Library of Congress' myriad collections of manuscripts, periodicals, microfilm and rare books, he relishes both the search for unusual source materials and the rewarding thrill of discovery. Pitch will offer some glimpses and insights into what he describes as "the rapturous delights" of researching at the Library of Congress.
Pitch is the author of a number of books, including "The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814" (History Book Club selection). A highly acclaimed speaker, he has been interviewed by National Public Radio and the Voice of America and provided commentary and expertise for "First Invasion," the History Channel's documentary on the War of 1812. Pitch's popular anecdotal history tours in Washington have been featured on the cable channel C-SPAN and international television. His current research project is a book titled "They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln." Pitch lives in Potomac, Md.
The Judith P. Austin lecture series was established by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division as a tribute to Judith P. Austin and her outstanding contributions to librarianship, genealogy and local history. A longtime staff member of the Library of Congress, Austin served for many years as head of the division's Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.
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