February 24, 2022
10 years ago, during Black History Month, Congress dedicated a marker in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to commemorate the role of enslaved labor in building our “Temple of Democracy.” The marker, a block of original Aquia Creek sandstone from the Capitol’s East Portico, was authorized by a Concurrent Resolution of Congress and represents an important step in how the story of the Capitol Building is told.
February 22, 2022
Visitors have always been part of the Capitol’s story as the heart of American democracy. “The Wild World of Gilded Age Capitol Tours” examined the surprising history of Capitol tourism from its origins in the 1870s to the early 20th century. Who began some of the most enduring traditions of today’s Capitol visitor experience? How and when did the Capitol become a chic honeymoon destination? What were Congress’ debates over the selection of Rotunda paintings and the price of admission?
February 8, 2022
March 2022 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman, known as one of the principal “conductors” of the Underground Railroad. Tubman is also arguably our nation’s most famous abolitionist, was a spy for the Union Army, and an important suffragist in the decades preceding the 19th Amendment.
January 18, 2022
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society was joined by historian Jill Watts who discussed Mary McLeod Bethune’s life and important work during the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As a leader of the “Black Cabinet” — a group of prominent African Americans in and around government (and the subject of Dr. Watts’ latest book) — Dr. Bethune was instrumental in advancing the needs and interests of the Black community through the New Deal era and World War 2.