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Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, 1999
The Thomas Jefferson Building, finished in 1897 and considered by many to be "the most beautiful building in America."

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The Library of Congress Bicentennial
On April 24, 2000, the Library of Congress celebrated its bicentennial--it is 200 years old! Everyone--from famous and not-so-famous Americans to Big Bird-- joined in on the fun! The Library's bicentennial birthday party, held inside and outside the Thomas Jefferson Building, celebrated the achievements of Americans everywhere.

The Library, which is the world's largest, was founded April 24, 1800, the same year that the U.S. capital moved to Washington, D.C. The Library is a giant treasure house of creativity.

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