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"The first traffic jam in Lebanon happened the day the Casino du Liban officially opened in 1959," Carlos Younes joked.The associate director at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik's Phoenix Center for Lebanese Studies, Younes is hoping footage of this moment is among the 70-odd boxes of archive material, which until now has been moldering in the casino's storage room. Last week the Casino du Liban and the Phoenix Center signed a cooperation agreement to organize and preserve the casino's legacy, which some associate with the country's Golden Age.While the material has not been sorted, it's estimated the boxes hold around 110,000 documents and over 10,000 images, as well as some film and periodicals.The center is also considering taking oral testimonies from people who visited or worked at the casino between Lebanon's two civil wars.The casino is preparing a special room onsite to house the archive once the conservation work is completed about a year from now.
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