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Adams County Bicentennial participates in ‘Local Legacies" Project of the Library of Congress

          April 16, 1999 - The Chairman of the Adams County Bicentennial Committee, Harry Seifert, York Springs, today announced that the County’s 200th anniversary will be part of the national Local Legacies project of the Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration.

          Like the local Bicentennial Celebration, the Local Legacies project is designed to document and pay tribute to our rich cultural heritage. The Library of Congress is fostering community projects to ensure that future generations will have access to important cultural "snapshots of American tradition, folklore and everyday life.

          Both Adams County and the Library of Congress will celebrate their 200th anniversary in the year 2000. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress stated "This is a National Celebration [of our local legacies] and the important role they play in our society".

          For nearly two centuries the Library of Congress, the nation’s library, has held millions of pieces in their collection of the country’s cultural heritage. As one of the selected Local Legacies, the Adams County Bicentennial will join the collections in the American Folklife Center and be preserved by the Library of Congress for generations to come. It will be available to researchers and lifelong learners as a representative example of the culture of Adams County. Some of the materials will be placed in a special section of the Library’s popular Web site at www.loc.gov.

          The Adams County Bicentennial project was submitted to the Library of Congress by Rep. Bill Goodling, congressman of the 19th Congressionial District.

          Adams County is planning activities to take place throughout the official celebration dates of July 1999 to July 2000. Events include participation on county festivals, programs in all the schools within the county, a living history faire and observance of the anniversary of the signing of the bill creating Adams County on January 22nd, 2000.

          Harry Seifert states "The Bicentennial Committee hopes that every citizen of Adams County will participate in some way". A brochure and a list of ideas of ways individuals, families and groups can participate may be obtained by calling 337-5274. Information is also posted on the Bicentennial Web site at www.gettysburg.com/adams200.

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