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The Mayflower Compact

Coming 2020

The Law Library of Congress will mark the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower Compact, the agreement by which settlers at New Plymouth, calling themselves Pilgrims, formed a new civil body politic in America –"The treaty that made Thanksgiving."

The Two Georges

Coming 2021

In a major planned joint exhibition, the Library of Congress and British Royal Archives will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).


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