Where would the Library of Congress be without Senator Morrill? For that matter where would Statuary Hall, the National Arboretum, the art work in the dome of the US Capital, the National Mall, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institution… Few realize the huge impact Senator Morrill had on the appearance of our nation’s capital through his work as chair of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. James Billington, Librarian of the Library of Congress, will take us on a tour of Morrill’s impact on Washington and the way it looks today.
James H. Billington, Ph.D. – Librarian
United States Library of Congress
Dr. Billington was sworn in as the 13th Librarian of Congress in 1987 and has served under five administrations starting with President Reagan. Billington has lead the expansion of the Library’s public outreach and establishment of a new National Digital Library. From 1973 to 1987, Billington was Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is a noted author, historian, and commentator on Russian affairs and history.