ON-Lion Letter

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will receive the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's (ISI's) Charles H. Hoeflich Lifetime Achievement Award during its Tenth Annual Dinner for Western Civilization in New York City in October.

Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress on September 14, 1987.  He is the 13th person to hold the position since the Library was established in 1800.

He has launched several programs to expand the Library's reach, especially into the digital arena.  For example, in 1990, he launched the American Memory project, which provided digital materials to teachers via CD-ROM.  He later started Thomas.gov, a website displaying congressional bills, floor schedules, and committee information.  With First Lady Laura Bush, he launched the National Book Festival in 2001, and he also created the Library’s first national private-sector advisory and support group, the James Madison Council.

Charles H. Hoeflich was the longtime president of Univest and a founding member of ISI's Board of Trustees.  For nearly 60 years, Hoeflich served as a moral, financial, and practical guiding light to ISI and its leadership.

The Dinner for Western Civilization is ISI's annual gala, bringing together its top supporters and very best students from around the country to hear a significant keynote address and share in an evening of celebration, refreshment, and renewal.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports ISI and has substantially supported projects at the Library of Congress.

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