CANCELED: Welcoming Reception for New Members of the 113th Congress

Speaker John Boehner Addresses Statuary Hall Crowd

*This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Since 1995, the U. S. Capitol Historical Society biannually has recognized the incoming Congress and, in particular, those Members who are taking their seats for the first time.  

This year’s tribute to the 113th Congress takes place on March 6, 2013, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.  The House and Senate Leadership and the Presidents of the Freshman Class are honorary co-hosts of the evening.  Speaker Boehner will begin the program at 6 p.m. with remarks and “advice” to New Members.  In addition to Members of Congress and Capitol Officers, admission is by invitation to select Society membership levels.    

The Hon. Ronald Sarasin, USCHS president, commented:  “This year’s class is the most diverse to date, containing a record number of women, Hispanics and Asian Americans.  It is indeed an honor to recognize the accomplishments of the new Members and the talents and wisdom of those who are continuing their service.  The commonality and diversity of Congress are what have kept our democracy on track for more than two centuries.  Sometimes it is a bumpy ride, but it works – and it’s never dull.”  

Included in the evening’s program will be the introduction of the Society’s new educational DVD, “The Power of YOU: Representative Democracy in the United States,” aimed at middle school students.  The video will be available to Members of Congress to use with their constituencies, as well as to schools, civic organizations, museums, and the general public.  “The Power of YOU” was supported by Amway as part of USCHS’s 50th Anniversary outreach programs.  

The United States Capitol Historical Society, founded in 1962 and chartered by Congress in 1978, is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization charged with educating the public on the rich heritage of the Capitol building and the United States Congress.  The Society receives no federal funding, but relies on memberships, grants and the sale of merchandise to supports its work.  Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, USCHS’s programs have educated millions of Americans and visitors to our nation’s Capitol.

R.S.V.P required.  For questions or additional information, please contact Dorothy Mejia-Smith at 202-543-8919 x20.