The United States Capitol Historical Society regularly holds conferences at which scholars present the results of their research to a wide public audience. The papers that result are later published to reach libraries and readers unable to attend conferences on Capitol Hill. To date, the Society has held symposia in four series.
Perspectives on the Age of the American Revolution: From 1978 to 1993, the Society’s first symposia series focused attention on the bicentennials of the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the creation of the Federal Government. The series was organized and conducted by Dr. Ronald Hoffman, then professor of history at the University of Maryland and now director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Virginia. The University Press of Virginia published the books that resulted from the conferences. More than 170 leading historians participated in the programs, which were widely praised for their contribution to scholarship.
Perspectives on the History of Congress, 1789-1801: From 1994 to 2001, the Society conducted a series of conferences each spring on the history of Congress in its formative period from 1789 to 1801 directed by Dr. Kenneth Bowling, co-editor of the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress Project at The George Washington University. Ohio University Press published several volumes resulting from the series.
Perspectives on the Art and Architectural History of the United States Capitol: Between 1994 and 2008 the Society conducted a series of conferences each fall on the art and architectural history of the United States Capitol planned with the cooperation of the Curator of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, Dr. Barbara Wolanin. Ohio University Press published several volumes resulting from this series.
The National Capital in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery: Since 2004 the Society is conducting a major series of annual conferences on the important issues that confronted the national government in the antebellum period, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. Dr. Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, directs the series.