The Book of Secrets

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Book of Secrets film exhibit
I stopped by the Library of Congress Jefferson Building today to see the Book of Secrets on display. Not a real artifact, like the nearby Gutenberg Bible or Waldseemüller Map, rather it's a prop used in the film National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. I haven't actually seen this film. I undestand the plot has to do with finding a secret book stored at the Library of Congress. In it, US presidents since George Washington have supposedly inscribed all sorts of national secrets, ranging from buried treasure to the Roswell extraterrestrial encounters. The display is under the caption "Hollywood on the Hill". On display is the Book of Secrets used as a prop in the film and the Diary of John Wilkes Booth, another prop. A video explains how the Library assisted with the filming of the movie (scenes were shot on location in the Main Reading Room) and provided assistance in the preparation of the props (advice on period inks and handwriting styles). I think the exhibit, on display for a limited time, shows the library has a sense of humor!
missandrea81 says:
I saw the movie. It's very entertaining! :) They go all around the D.C. area (e.g. Mount Vernon) and then venture out to Mount Rushmore.
It does show that they got a sense of humor in displaying those props. :)
Posted on: Sep 19, 2008
KeikoCreative says:
I cool that u get to see the exhibit;)
Posted on: Sep 18, 2008
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Book of Secrets film exhibit
Book of Secrets film exhibit
The Book of Secrets movie prop
The Book of Secrets movie prop
Diary John Wilkes Booth movie prop
Diary John Wilkes Booth movie prop
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Library of Congress visitor orien…
Visitor orientation display at Lib…
Visitor orientation display at Li…
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