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Agency Historian Discusses History of the Government Publishing Office

July 27, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Courtright Memorial Library at Otterbein University will host a discussion by George Barnum, agency historian for the Government Publishing Office (GPO) in Washington, D.C. The talk will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Courtright Memorial Library, 138 W. Main St. This event is free and open to the public.

Celebrating Otterbein’s 50 years as a government documents depository, Barnum will show and discuss images illustrating how the GPO has changed over time as it has carried out its mission of “Keeping America Informed.” This “family album” provides a revealing look at the equipment, the buildings, and the working lives of the men and women of GPO over the years. From rooms staffed to the brim with typesetters, to the duckpin bowling alley installed in 1920 to improve employee working conditions, Barnum pays tribute to this agency and their dedication to making government information public and available.

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