Congress is the forum where elected representatives address issues facing the nation. These issues sometimes arise from conflicting ideas within the nation or from the pressures of world events. By providing a place for debate and compromise, Congress has led the nation through challenging times. The Capitol Visitor Center’s new exhibit, “Conflict and Compromise II,” includes President George Washington’s April 1794 letter to Congress nominating Chief Justice John Jay as envoy to Britain as well as the actual treaty Jay negotiated between the U.S. and Britain that sparked protests leading to the establishment of the nation’s first political parties.
There are many other treasured documents loaned from the National Archives and the Library of Congress that you won’t want to miss. Exhibition Hall, is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Twenty-minute Exhibition Hall Tours are available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. No reservations or passes are needed to visit Exhibition Hall, which is located on the lower level of the Visitor Center, behind the plaster model of the Statue of Freedom.
Curious about what happened at the U.S. Capitol and in Congress during the Civil War? Explore our new Website, “Building A More Perfect Union: Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Civil War.”
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