I have a thing for the Library of Congress. I used to want to get married there and then I realized that weddings scare me and what I really want to do is elope in Africa or something. It’s also where I almost fainted while speaking to America’s hottest carpenter, Carter Oosterhouse. And then there’s just the fact that it’s filled to the brim with books.
What I’m really into right now is the Library’s printed ephemera collection. The word “ephemera” alone just gets my blood hot. As I mentioned, I’m a slight hoarder so I can totally understand why someone would save an interesting label from years past. After all, it’s in a library now so hoarding is good!
Here is how the Library describes their mass of ephemera: “The collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history.” I highly recommend the women’s history ephemera as we all know things made for women are more attractive.
When I get back from Nepal, I plan on hiking down there (I’ll be most comfortable hiking after I become a sherpa) and demand to see this ephemera collection. My guess is that they’ll be happy to show it to me, which is just another reason why I love this town.