A Young Person’s Guide to the United States Capitol
Millions of Americans and visitors from around the world come to the Capitol every year. People of all ages want to learn more about the history of the U.S. Congress and to see where the world’s oldest democracy conducts the “People’s Business.” To meet the educational needs of young people who will soon be exercising the responsibilities of citizenship, the Society has developed a young person’s guide to the Capitol with a generous grant from Verizon.
For more than 35 years the Society has conducted Capitol tours for its members and supporters. Because children have distinct learning styles and ways to process information, guides often are challenged to meet their needs.
The 24-page, multifaceted guide provides a concise introduction to the history of Washington, D.C., the Capitol and how the Founding Fathers structured the Federal Government under the Constitution. Utilizing maps and simple directions, youngsters are directed through the Capitol, and educational activities are integrated into each area of the tour. The guide includes art, architectural and history projects as well as a bibliography for those wishing to learn more about the Capitol and Congress.
Children enjoy learning when educational programs are relevant, understandable, interesting and challenging. The rationale of the guidebook will be to provide elementary school students with a reference tool that they can use on a self-guided Capitol tour. The program’s educational goals are to engage young people in an interdisciplinary study of art, architecture, United States history and the Constitution. A Young Person’s Guide to the United States Capitol may be purchased in the USCHS SHOP, or you can call us toll-free at 1-800-997-9318.