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GPO opens 150th anniversary exhibit

Jul 19, 2011 12:00 AM

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The Government Printing Office has opened to the public “Keeping America Informed,” a new exhibit to commemorate the agency’s 150 years of service to the nation.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is an original, printed preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in September 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief and printed by GPO.  The document, on loan from the Library of Congress, shows proofreader’s edits marking revisions that were incorporated into the final Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863.

Telling the story of how GPO’s employees through its history moved from hand-set type to hand-held devices for receiving the latest digital files of Government information, the exhibits uses images and examples of the agency’s output to describe “What We Do” (the nature and variety of GPO’s work for Congress, the White House, Federal agencies, and the Courts), “Who We Are” (the skilled and dedicated employees who do the work), and “How We Do It” (the ongoing interaction of technology and skill that makes information available in print and online).

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