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October 21, 2004|By Meredith Lidard

Barbie through the ages

Barbie, the multifaceted and successful 11.5-inch woman, is being scrutinized Tuesday by Kristina Milnor in "Barbie as Grecian Goddess and Egyptian Queen: Women's History by Mattel," presented by the Library of Congress.

Milnor, a professor at Barnard College, discusses the "Great Eras Collection" that Mattel released from 1993 to 1997. She uses illustrated examples to dissect Mattel's marketing strategy and representation of women in the past in a series that was packaged as an educational tool for adult collectors.

The lecture will be held at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater of the library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington. Admission is free, and the lecture is open to the public. Call 202-707-2905.

Fall colors

Fall is in the air at Longwood Gardens, at least until Oct. 29. Longwood Gardens' Autumn's Colors event features an array of fall's brilliant hues and offers visitors various locations at which to view them.

The gardens, woods and meadows of this "National Wonder," as designated by National Geographic Traveler, include shades of yellow, orange, red and purple, which intensify each day during the season. Visitors can stop by the Idea Garden, where pumpkins and squash symbolize the harvest.

Autumn's Colors is taking place now through Oct. 29. The gardens are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, but will close at 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Admission is $14 for adults ($10 on Tuesdays), $6 for ages 16-20, $2 for ages 6-15, and free for children younger than 6. Longwood Gardens is at Route 1 South and Route 52 North, in Kennett Square, Pa. Call 610-388-1000 or visit Meredith Lidard

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