Tours  |  Speakers Bureau



Society senior staff and volunteer speakers are available to present programs about the history of the Capitol and the Congress; tax-exempt donations to the Society are accepted in lieu of honoraria. These programs are generally available by reservation for events and meetings in the Washington area. The speakers have extensive experience in the Capitol, and include Former Members of Congress, Congressional staff, government relations professionals, and historians.

To book a speaker or to obtain more information about the USCHS Speakers Bureau, contact Steve Livengood at or 202-543-8919 X17.


Available speakers include:

  • William C. DiGiacomantonioChief Historian, U.S. Capitol Historical Society
  • Steve Livengood, Director of Public Programs and Chief Guide, U.S. Capitol Historical Society



Available speech topics include:

Temple of Democracy: the history of the founding of the US government, the construction of the Capitol building, and the triumph of democracy. Sets a tone of reverence for a visit to the Capitol building or a meeting in the Nation’s Capital. Speaker: Steve Livengood

How Our Laws Are Really Made: An inside view of the democratic process as practiced on Capitol Hill from the perspective of a 40-year career as a lobbyist. The public knows that the Congress makes the laws and that individual Members are the center of that process, but most citizens are not aware of the crucial roles of Congressional staff and of lobbyists. Lobbyists have a bad name in the popular press, but they play a constructive role in effective government.

Presidential Inaugurations at the U.S. Capitol: The democratic ritual of presidential inaugurations at the Capitol reinforces the stability and continuity of the American representative form of government in which change occurs peacefully and at regularly scheduled intervals. The history of inaugurations is also rich in anecdote and detail. Speaker: Donald R. Kennon

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