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USCHS Event Broadcasts: June 2020

June 25, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us, Part 7 (First Street & Independence Ave SE)

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell interviewed U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about First Street and Independence Avenue SE. The Library of Congress dominates two of the four blocks that converge when First Street meets Independence Avenue. What was there before these two massive structures wiped out everything and all the remaining evidence? “A” Street has disappeared! Even mighty Pennsylvania Avenue got lopped off! Who got to live right next to the Capitol?

June 24, 2020

Scholars Series: Debra Hanson on the Apotheosis of Washington

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted Debra Hanson, assistant professor of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, for a lecture on the “Apotheosis of Washington”, Constantino Brumidi’s massive fresco inside the Capitol Dome. In “Apotheosis: From Ancient Rome to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda”, Hanson explains how the term “apotheosis” became associated with our country’s first president. She shows how and why an ancient Roman ritual gained prominence in nineteenth century America.


June 18, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us, Part 6 (North Capitol St NE & NW)

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell interviewed U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about North Capitol Street NE and NW. This discussion of a Capitol Hill neighborhood includes the George Washington Houses, Boss Shepherd, and leveling the streets. Based on the USCHS book Creating Capitol Hill, Steve will tell tales based on this location and show a few vintage photos from the book. He’ll add stories from his own experience and incidents from more recent times too!


June 11, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us, Part 5 (1st Street at A and East Capitol Streets NE)

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell interviewed U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about 1st Street at A and East Capitol Streets NE–including Horatio Greenough’s statue of George Washington. Based on the USCHS book Creating Capitol Hill, Steve tells tales based on this location and shows a few vintage photos from the book. He adds stories from his own experience and incidents from more recent times too!


June 10, 2020

Scholars Series: Book Talk with Fergus Bordewich

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society presented independent historian Fergus M. Bordewich, who spoke about his new book, Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America. Building a dramatic narrative around four members of Congress–Republicans Thaddeus Stevens, William Pitt Fessenden, and Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Northerner Clement L. Vallandigham–Bordewich shows how a dynamic and newly empowered Republican Party created the conditions for Union success. The significance of the wartime congresses, the 37th and 38th, reached far beyond the battlefield. From reinventing the nation’s financial system and keeping the Federal armies in the field to providing for the enlistment of black troops, legislating the erosion of slavery, and planning for postwar reconstruction, to the passage of far-reaching measures such as the Transcontinental Railroad and the Homestead Act, Congress laid the groundwork for a stronger federal government that came fully into being in the twentieth century.


June 8, 2020

Launching the Podcast Shaping History: Women and Capitol Art

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center presented a discussion to celebrate the launch of the podcast Shaping History: Women in Capitol Art. Joined by the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center team that produced this new 10-part series, Janet Clemens and Marcey Frutchey, the panel discussed the podcast and its themes. Curator for the Architect of the Capitol Michele Cohen also joined in to discuss Capitol statues. Shaping History: Women in Capitol Art brings together a rich soundtrack featuring curators, historians, artists, descendants of honored subjects, and eyewitnesses, providing insight that will enhance every visitor’s Capitol experience.


June 4, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve Livengood and Jane Campbell: Q&A Day!

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell and U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood addressed at least one cliffhanger from previous sessions, answered questions saved from earlier webinars, and took new questions about the Capitol and related topics.



USCHS Event Broadcasts: May 2020

May 28, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us, Part 4 (First St NE @ C Street / Constitution Ave)

Every corner on Capitol Hill has stories, and Livengood loves to tell them! Campbell will interview Livengood about a street intersection near the Capitol: First Street NE at C Street and Constitution Avenue. This installment will include stories about the Carroll Arms Hotel, James Greenleaf’s house, the Monocle, and Buckner Thurston.

May 27, 2020

Scholar Series: “Lincoln’s Majordomo: Benjamin Brown French and Civil War Washington” — Dr. David J. Gerleman

The United States Capitol Historical Society presents Dr. David J. Gerleman (George Mason University). As Commissioner of Public Buildings from 1861-1867, B. B. French witnessed some of the most stirring and heart-rending events of the Lincoln administration. Period photographs and insightful snippets from his voluminous journals spanning forty years of Washington life will give audiences an intimate view of the era by one of the 19th century’s most sharp-eyed political observers.


May 21, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us, Part 3 (Delaware and Constitution Avenues NE)

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell will interview U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about the intersection at Delaware and Constitution Avenues NE, near the Capitol, the Russell Senate Office Building, and Upper Senate Park. Based on the USCHS book Creating Capitol Hill, Steve will tell tales based on this location and show a few vintage photos from the book. He’ll add stories from his own experience and incidents from more recent times too!


May 14, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us, Part 2 (Delaware and A St. NE)

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell will interview U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about the intersection at Delaware Ave. and A St. NE–near a block that has disappeared. Based on the USCHS book Creating Capitol Hill, Steve will tell tales based on this location and show a few vintage photos from the book. He’ll even add  stories from his own experience and incidents from more recent times!


May 13, 2020

Scholars Series: “Endurance, Capacity, and Destiny: African Americans and the U.S. Capitol” — Felicia Bell

Felicia Bell, senior advisor to the director at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, speaks about “Endurance, Capacity, and Destiny: African Americans and the U. S. Capitol”. Since enslaved craftsmen contributed to the construction of the U. S. Capitol, African Americans have played key roles in the history of one of the world’s most recognizable buildings. This presentation will examine the impact of African Americans on the history of the Capitol from the Reconstruction Era to present day.


May 8, 2020

Capitol Video Tour: Premiere and Discussion

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center present a panel discussion and premiere of a video tour of the Capitol. Join U.S. Capitol Historical Society President/CEO Jane Campbell and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center team that produced this new video tour–Lauren Windham Roszak, Marcey Frutchey, and Emily Boisvert–as we explore what’s being done to continue engaging and educating the public about the Capitol and the role of the U.S. Congress during this unique time in our history. During this webinar, we’ll view the video tour and engage in a discussion and Q&A with our panel.


May 7, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: History All Around Us (Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street NE)

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell will interview U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about a street intersection near the Capitol: Constitution Ave. and 2nd St. NE. Based on the USCHS book Creating Capitol Hill, Livengood will tell tales based on the location and show a few vintage photos from the book. He’ll even add a few stories from his own experience and incidents from more recent times!



USCHS Event Broadcasts: April 2020

April 30, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: L’Enfant’s Washington: The Great City Square (That Never Was)

U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood and USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell discuss Peter L’Enfant and elements of his design of Washington, D.C. When L’Enfant designed the city of Washington, he included a grand public square on the scale of those in European cities. Where was it to be? What was it to be like? Why was it not developed? What is there now? Livengood will show you what could have been.

April 29, 2020

Scholars Series: “Experiencing Defeat” with William diGiacomantonio

U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Historian William “Chuck” diGiacomantonio uses private letters from congressmen to explore how they experienced regime change during and after the transition from John Adams’s presidency to that of Thomas Jefferson. This presentation will include a focus on some of the ways that society in the new capital city, Washington, D.C., was politicized during this period, including in the realms of science, food, and social life. Further, diGiacomantonio discusses Jefferson’s obsession with mammoths.


April 23, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: Frederick Law Olmsted and the U.S. Capitol Grounds

Take a virtual walk around the Capitol grounds with U.S. Capitol Historical Society President/CEO Jane Campbell and USCHS Chief Guide Steve Livengood to see the ideas that Frederick Law Olmsted incorporated into the grounds plan. Olmsted’s birthday is April 26, and 2022 will be his bicentenary. A celebration is planned in the name Olmsted 200.


April 16, 2020

Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane: Thomas Crawford and Philip Reid

USCHS President/CEO Jane Campbell will interview U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Guide Steve Livengood about Thomas Crawford and Philip Reid. Crawford, the artist who sculpted the Statue of Freedom now atop the Capitol Dome, was an American living and studying high culture in Europe. Philip Reid, an enslaved man who was essential to the casting of the statue and then freed in 1862 by the Compensated Emancipation Act, personally experienced the ideal that Crawford was trying to symbolize in his work.