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Library to host live broadcast of D.C. event

It was Christmas of 1777.

General Washington led his Continental Army during the Revolutionary War on a mission across the Delaware River north of Trenton, N.J.

After a brief struggle, Washington and his men captured the Hessians -- German soldiers who fought for Britain and were stationed in Trenton -- with few American casualties.

The mission, known as Battle of Trenton, boosted the Continental Army's confidence and inspired more soldiers to join.

Because the river was icy at the time, crossing was dangerous; the Hessians were caught off guard.

To celebrate George Washington's birthday, the Detroit Lakes Library will host a live interactive television event from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The event is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Those interested in learning more about the first president can attend to see items owned or used by Washington, including a spy map he used for the Battle of Trenton.

"It should just be a real interesting event," Public Service Supervisor Deb Wahl said. "The library of congress has wonderful programs.

"There is so much there and with the age of computers and technology, how we can access this stuff is just fabulous."