On Aug. 24, 1814, the British occupied Washington, D.C., and burned the Capitol building. Inside, the congressional library went up in flames.
Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the destruction of the Library of Congress (LC) by British armed forces during the War of 1812.As recounted by Guy Lamolinara of the Center for the Book, this seems to be one time when burning books led to something better–a new and larger LC. (Don’t try this, at home or anywhere else–book burning, that is.)
Here’s Lamolinara’s post: Out of the Ashes | Library of Congress Blog.