Lying in State of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

The public is invited to pay their respects to Representative Elijah E. Cummings Thursday, October 24 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please enter through the Capitol Visitor Center.

On Thursday, October 24, the Capitol Visitor Center will be closed for normal operations, and all Capitol tours are cancelled.

On Wednesday, October 23, the second floor of the Capitol will be closed to the public. The Capitol Visitor Center will offer modified tours of the Capitol.

If you have a tour reservation and would like to reschedule, please click here or contact the Visitor Services Office at (202)226-8000.

On Friday, October 25, the Capitol Visitor Center will reopen for normal operations and Capitol tours at 8:30 a.m.

Professional Enrichment

professional enrichment

This workshop is full and not accepting additional reservations.

Exploring Historic Neighborhood

For more program details, please download the Teacher Workshop flyer.

Previous Teacher Workshops:

Uncovering the Hidden and Lost
Exploring Historic Neighborhoods using Primary Sources

Saturday, April 6, 2019

As the cornerstone was being laid in 1793, the U.S. Capitol became the epicenter of the new federal city’s design. Streets, businesses and houses began to radiate out from Capitol Hill, and the landscape began to change. In today’s bustling, modern D.C., it can be difficult to find glimpses of original Capitol Hill features.

For information and resources related to Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, please email


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Legends, folklore and myths have often been infused into our historical narratives and understanding of important American events, and sometimes become indiscernible from the actual history. In this workshop, teachers explored historic American myths – from across the nation, the Washington, D.C., region, and inside the U.S. Capitol building.

For information and resources related to myths and legends in history, please email