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2011_DC_USCHS_11050567USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2011 "Emancipation During the Civil War" -- Keynote: Gary Gallagher
U.S. Capitol Historical Society presents: Emancipation during the Civil War. Eighth in the series. The National Capital in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery.
Opening Keynote: Dr. Gary W. Gallagher the, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of...
2017_DC_Foner_17051174USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Keynote: Eric Foner
May 11 Evening Keynote Address: Eric Foner (Columbia University)
Columbia University’s Eric Foner will deliver the keynote address, “The Significance of Reconstruction in American History."
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars...
2017_DC_USCHS_P1_17051257USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 1: Award Presentation (Fafa Nutor) and Paul Finkelman (Thaddeus Stevens)
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2017_DC_USCHS_P2A_17051280USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 2: Brook Thomas (Horatio Bateman’s "Reconstruction")
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2017_DC_USCHS_P3A_17051243USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 3: Michael Vorenberg (14th Amendment)
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2017_DC_USCHS_P4A_17051241USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 4: Spencer Crew (Reconstruction at NMAAHC)
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2017_DC_USCHS_P5A_17051225USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 5: L. Diane Barnes (Frederick Douglass)
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2017_DC_USCHS_P6A_17051232USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 6: Lucy Salyer (Expatriation)
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2017_DC_USCHS_P7_17051224USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2017 "Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation" -- Presentation 7: Final group Q&A
USCHS Annual Spring Symposium:
Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.”...
2018_DC_USCHS_P1_18050466USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2018 "Reconstructing the Constitution" -- Presentation 1: Orville Vernon Burton
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Reconstructing the Constitution, Remaking Citizenship, and Reconsidering a Presidential Succession will give special attention to the Reconstruction Amendments—especially the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified 150...
2018_DC_USCHS_P2_18050462USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2018 "Reconstructing the Constitution" -- Presentation 2: Paul Finkelman, Gabriel "Jack" Chin, and Alysa Landry
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Reconstructing the Constitution, Remaking Citizenship, and Reconsidering a Presidential Succession will give special attention to the Reconstruction Amendments—especially the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified 150...
2018_DC_USCHS_P3_18050427USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2018 "Reconstructing the Constitution" -- Presentation 3: Brandi C. Brimmer
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Reconstructing the Constitution, Remaking Citizenship, and Reconsidering a Presidential Succession will give special attention to the Reconstruction Amendments—especially the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified 150...
2018_DC_USCHS_P4_18050422USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2018 "Reconstructing the Constitution" -- Presentation 4: Rebecca E. Zietlow
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Reconstructing the Constitution, Remaking Citizenship, and Reconsidering a Presidential Succession will give special attention to the Reconstruction Amendments—especially the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified 150...
2018_DC_USCHS_P5_18050450USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2018 "Reconstructing the Constitution" -- Presentation 5: Mark Summers
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Reconstructing the Constitution, Remaking Citizenship, and Reconsidering a Presidential Succession will give special attention to the Reconstruction Amendments—especially the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified 150...
2018_DC_USCHS_P6_18050444USCHS -- Annual Symposium 2018 "Reconstructing the Constitution" -- Presentation 6: Final Q&A and Reception
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Reconstructing the Constitution, Remaking Citizenship, and Reconsidering a Presidential Succession will give special attention to the Reconstruction Amendments—especially the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified 150...
2018_DC_CCapHill_BL_180618140USCHS -- Book Launch: "Creating Capitol Hill"
Please join us for an evening of living history!
The Official Launch of Creating Capitol Hill
Book-themed walking tour begins following program (appx. 6:30 PM)
Join us at USCHS Headquarters on the evening of June 18 to meet the authors, enjoy refreshments, and hear about the selection of the site for...
2017_DC_USCHS_Showcase_170912254USCHS -- Freedom Award (2017) -- Showcase to Honor Congress for its Support of the Humanities
Master of Ceremonies: Murray Horwitz
Special Guest: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Program:
Welcome Remarks: Ronald A. Sarasin, President, U. S. Capitol History Society; Former Member of Congress (R-CT)

Aquila Theatre: Our Warrior Chorus:
* Introduction by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
* Desiree...
2017_DC_USCHS_Freedom2_17091285USCHS -- Freedom Award (2017) to Lin-Manuel Miranda -- Formal Presentation
Program:
* Welcome: The Honorable Ronald A. Sarasin, President, US Capitol Historical Society
* Congratulatory Remarks: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
* Congratulatory Remarks: The Honorable Lisa Murkowski, United States Senate, Alaska
* 2017 Freedom Award Presentation:...
2017_DC_USCHS_Freedom_17091298USCHS -- Freedom Award (2017) to Lin-Manuel Miranda -- Mingling Before and After
Program:
* Welcome: The Honorable Ronald A. Sarasin, President, US Capitol Historical Society
* Congratulatory Remarks: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
* Congratulatory Remarks: The Honorable Lisa Murkowski, United States Senate, Alaska
* 2017 Freedom Award Presentation:...
2018_11_28C2_USCHS_Freedom2164USCHS -- Freedom Award (2018) to Architect of the Capitol -- Formal Presentation
Please join the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in recognizing the extraordinary agency that has carried the Capitol Building from conception to construction and beyond. In addition to recognizing the remarkable legacy of this historic institution, we will unveil the official portrait of retiring... (Partially reviewed)
2018_DC_USCHS_Freedom_18112888USCHS -- Freedom Award (2018) to Architect of the Capitol -- Mingling Before and After
Please join the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in recognizing the extraordinary agency that has carried the Capitol Building from conception to construction and beyond. In addition to recognizing the remarkable legacy of this historic institution, we will unveil the official portrait of retiring...
2018_DC_Aiseirithe_18022819USCHS -- Lunch Talk: A J Aiséirithe (“Frederick Douglass’s Indelible Mark on Washington”)
2018 Black History Month Lecture Discusses Frederick Douglass
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present a Black History Month lecture February 28. A J Aiséirithe, Ph.D. will present a lecture titled “Frederick Douglass’s Indelible Mark on Washington.”
A defier of convention in so many ways,...
2019_05_29A_Wineapple103USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Brenda Wineapple ("The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Nation")
Book Talk with Author Brenda Wineapple
U.S. Capitol Historical Society
Brenda Wineapple is an acclaimed historian and award winning author. On May 29, Wineapple will talk about her newest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Nation.
When Abraham Lincoln was... (Partially reviewed)
2017_DC_Adams_17061448USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Carl Adams ("Nance: The First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln")
Brown Bag Book Talk and Lecture with Carl Adams (Nance: The First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln)
Carl Michael Adams was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, and has been a lifelong Lincoln scholar. Carl earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville...
2018_DC_Heidler_18102440USCHS -- Lunch Talk: David and Jeanne Heidler ("The Rise of Andrew Jackson")
October 24: David and Jeanne Heidler, "The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics"
Andrew Jackson’s improbable ascent to the White House occurred because of the activities of handlers and propagandists. One of their most effective tactics was to attack President...
2019_06_19B_Hanson71USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Debra Hanson (“Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson, and the ‘Culture Wars’ of the 1820s”)
Debra Hanson: “Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson, and the ‘Culture Wars’ of the 1820s”
In the course of his lifetime, and in the wake of his death in 1820, Daniel Boone joined a select group of Americans elevated to the status of a national hero in the early republic. At the same time, the nature, meanings,... (Partially reviewed)
2016_DC_Bordewich_16060831USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Fergus M. Bordewich ("The First Congress")
US Capitol Historical Society presents...
The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government
Join historian Fergus M. Bordewich for a discussion of his work on the First Federal Congress (1789-1791). Copies of the book will be available...
2017_DC_Holzer_17021588USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Harold Holzer (Depictions of Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation in the Capitol)
Harold Holzer To Speak At Free U.S. Capitol Historical Society Event:
Talk Will Focus on Depictions of Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation in the Capitol
Award-winning writer and lecturer Harold Holzer will give the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2017 Black History Month Lecture on Wednesday, February...
2019_04_03B_Brady49USCHS -- Lunch Talk: John Brady (“USS Olympia and the World War I Unknown Soldier”)
“USS Olympia and the World War I Unknown Soldier”
2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. John Brady will share information about the USS Olympia's role in transporting the Unknown Soldier home from Europe and his subsequent lying in state at the U.S. Capitol prior to... (Partially reviewed)
2018_DC_Busch_18111446USCHS -- Lunch Talk: John Laurence Busch ("Steam Diplomacy: Sending a Subtle Message in Leutze's Westward Ho!")
John Laurence Busch, "Steam Diplomacy: Sending a Subtle Message in Leutze's Westward Ho!"
Busch will illustrate, through a combination of contextual and circumstantial evidence, why the artist Emanuel Leutze (of Washington Crossing the Delaware fame) painted a steamship in the Capitol's Westward the...
2016_DC_Ozer_16082427USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Mark Ozer ("Washington DC: The National Shrine 1890-1940")
Mark Ozer, independent historian, will give a book talk on Washington, DC: The National Shrine 1890-1940.
2017_DC_Ozer_17110814USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Mark Ozer ("Washington DC: The World Capital in The American Century 1941-1990")
USCHS Fall Lecture Series
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present five lunchtime lectures this fall, including book talks and discussions about DC and Capitol art, history, and memorials.
Mark Ozer
Book Talk on Washington DC: The World Capital in The American Century 1941-1990
2018_DC_Overby_18111945USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Marvin Overby ("Calling It Quits! Voluntary Departures from the U.S. Senate, 1919-2018")
Calling It Quits! Voluntary Departures from the U.S. Senate, 1919-2018
Marvin Overby, fellow at the Library of Congress' Kluge Center, explores the rise of the voluntary departures as the primary source of Senate turnover. This talk, which compliments the exhibit, Congress and the Separtaion of Powers,...
2018_DC_Costello_18022136USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Matthew Costello (American Sepulcher: George Washington's Tomb in the US Capitol)
American Sepulcher: George Washington’s Tomb will explore the history of the empty tomb beneath the Capitol Rotunda reveals how American hero worship evolved and transformed during the first half of the nineteenth century. Federalists attempted to fuse European hero worship traditions with American...
2019_04_10A_Green65USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Matthew Green ("Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the House of Representatives")
Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the House of Representatives
Party leaders in Congress wield considerable influence, but how are they actually chosen? Matthew Green, professor of politics at The Catholic University of America, and Douglas Harris, professor of political science at Loyola... (Partially reviewed)
2017_DC_Scott_17121377USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Pamela Scott ("An Historical Atlas of Washington, DC")
Pamela Scott, Independent scholar
"An Historical Atlas of Washington, DC, 1780s to 2015"
2016_DC_Waddell_16081778USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Peter Waddell ("An Artist's Insight on Historical Paintings")
US Capitol Historical Society presents...
Peter Waddell, artist-in-residence, Tudor Place, will offer “An Artist’s Insight on Historical Paintings.”
2016_DC_OHarrow_16111658USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Robert O'Harrow Jr. ("The Quartermaster")
Please join us for a book talk from Robert O'Harrow Jr., author of "The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln's General, Master Builder of the Union Army."
O'Harrow brings us a new side of Civil War history in this commanding, dramatic, and intensely personal account of Montgomery Cunningham...
2018_DC_Einberger_18100338USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Scott Einberger ("With Distance in His Eyes: The Environmental Life and Legacy of Stewart Udall")
Scott Einberger, "With Distance in His Eyes: The Environmental Life and Legacy of Stewart Udall"
One of the most significant players of the modern environmental movement, Stewart Udall served as the U.S. secretary of the interior under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. During these...
2017_DC_Winick_17081625USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Stephen Winick (American Folklife Center)
Stephen Winick, American Folklife Center “Dipping from the Well: Treasures from the American Folklife Center Archive”
2016_DC_diGiacomantonio_16083129USCHS -- Lunch Talk: William C. diGiacomantonio ("Representations of George Washington in visual art")
William C. diGiacomantonio, USCHS chief historian, will lecture on representations of George Washington in visual art.
2017_DC_Book_Present_17110810USCHS -- Presentation of "The American Spirit" to Senators on Capitol Hill
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a fan of David McCullough's work, helped distribute some copies of McCullough's book "The American Spirit" to other senators as a board member of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. These were photos taken when officials from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society stopped by the...
2019_01_30D1_Thank_You194USCHS -- Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Event @ Altria
Celebrating Volunteers and Friends!
Volunteer Appreciation Event
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society board and staff invite you to a reception and special event.
We are honored to have the 11th Architect of the Capitol, the Hon. Stephen T. Ayers presenting:
"The Capitol Dome: A 30,000 Piece Jigsaw... (Partially reviewed)
2018_DC_CCapHill_WT_18061818USCHS -- "Creating Capitol Hill"-themed walking tour
Please join us for an evening of living history!
The Official Launch of Creating Capitol Hill
Book-themed walking tour begins following program (appx. 6:30 PM)
2018_DC_ThorntonO_181130119USCHS & University of Aberdeen -- Imagining the Capitol: The Enlightened Life of William Thornton @ Octagon
Imagining the Capitol: The Enlightened Life of William Thornton
U.S. Capitol Historical Society
On Friday, November 30, 2018, the United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, Scotland will present a special half-day symposium to celebrate the 225th...
2018_DC_ThorntonT_18113031USCHS & University of Aberdeen -- Thornton 225: Evening Reception @ Tudor Place
A fitting ending to a wonderful day! The U.S. Capitol Historical Society and The University of Aberdeen invite you to an evening reception at historic Tudor Place. We'll continue our encounter with the life and times of William Thornton at one of the distinctive homes he designed. After docent-led tours...
2018_DC_SeparationP1_18092538USCHS & US CVC -- "Congress and the Separation of Powers" -- Panel 1: Audacious Vision
Congress and the Separation of Powers: Audacious Vision, Uneven History, and Uncertain Future
Panel 1 - Audacious Vision: Why a Separation of Powers?
Seated left to right:
* John Haskell (moderator)
* Gene Healy
* Alison LaCroix
* James I. Wallner

Join us for this discussion that will bring...
2018_DC_SeparationP2_18092541USCHS & US CVC -- "Congress and the Separation of Powers" -- Panel 2: Uneven History
Congress and the Separation of Powers: Audacious Vision, Uneven History, and Uncertain Future
Panel 2 - Uneven History: Separation of Powers and the Struggle for Equal Rights
* Ron Elving (moderator)
* Jesse J. Holland
* Yuval Levin
* Victoria Frances Nourse

Join us for this discussion that...
2018_DC_SeparationP3_18092539USCHS & US CVC -- "Congress and the Separation of Powers" -- Panel 3: Uncertain Future
Congress and the Separation of Powers: Audacious Vision, Uneven History, and Uncertain Future
Panel 3 - Uncertain Future: Party Polarization and Legislative-Executive Balance
* James A. Thurber (Moderator)
* Norman Ornstein
* Manu Raju
* Sarah Binder

Join us for this discussion that will...
2019_DC_Impeachments_19022514USCHS & US CVC -- "Congress and the Separation of Powers" -- Lessons From Judicial Impeachments in the 1980s
Please Join Us For The Final Event In The S
Lessons From Judicial Impeachments in the 1980s
Daniel M. Freeman, J.D. -- Academic Director, Public Law; Assistant Professor, Department of Government, School of Public Affairs, American University
‌Impeachment is a constitutional process to address...


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2019_08_12_Straczynski117Politics & Prose -- J. Michael Straczynski ("Becoming Superman")
J. Michael Straczynski - Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood Straczynski is best known as the creator of the Babylon 5 and Sense8 TV shows, but his amazing four-decade career also encompasses screenwriting—Changeling, Thor, and World War Z—writing for several D.C. and Marvel Comi... (Partially reviewed)
2019_08_02C2_Touchstone_AmerIsO152DC -- Touchstone Gallery -- Opening Reception: America Is...
AMERICA IS ... Artists Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today? National Juried Show On display: August 2 – 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6 - 8:30 pm Hors d'oeuvres by Occasions Caterers Gourmet Frozen Desserts by Moorenko's Ice Cream Program: 7pm - jurors remarks, 7:15pm - c... (Partially reviewed)
2019_08_01A1_McAuliffe168Politics & Prose -- Terry McAuliffe ("Beyond Charlottesville")
Terry McAuliffe - Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville when white supremacists descended on the town in August 2017. His action was undermined by Trump, however, who, findin... (Partially reviewed)
2019_07_20C4_SDCCP0382CA -- San Diego -- Comic-Con International 2019 -- Panel: Cartoon Voices I
Cartoon Voices I Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry. This year's lineup includes Marieve Herington (Big City Greens, Disney Junior), Adam McArthur (Star vs. the Forces of ... (Partially reviewed)
2019_07_21C3_SDCCP03141CA -- San Diego -- Comic-Con International 2019 -- Panel: Cartoon Voices II
Cartoon Voices II With the smash-hit success of yesterday's Cartoon Voices I panel, there's no choice but to do another one-with different but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Jim Meskimen... (Partially reviewed)


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