Capitol Conversations

WEEKDAYS AT 1 p.m. -- Join our engaging guides and visitor services team on Zoom for Capitol Conversations – live, interactive, virtual discussions about the U.S. Capitol. During Capitol Conversations, our staff will discuss some of the U.S. Capitol’s historic spaces, artwork, artifacts and statues.

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Tuesday, January 31 – Six Degrees of Separation: Capitol Edition

Historic figures in the Capitol art collection have some unexpected connections. Why did Barry Goldwater write to Thomas Edison? What did Robert Livingston and Robert Fulton have in common? Find out about these and other surprising relationships.


Wednesday, February 1 – Capitol Connections: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Rosa Parks

Statues of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Rosa Parks are found in National Statuary Hall. Learn more about these women and their role in the cause of civil rights.


Thursday, February 2 – James Armistead Lafayette and the Battle of Yorktown

James Armistead Lafayette, an enslaved man, played a pivotal role in the Battle of Yorktown, for which he won his freedom. Join us to hear about his journey to freedom.


Tuesday, February 7 – No program today.

Wednesday, February 8 – Building and Rebuilding the Crypt

The Crypt, the foundation for the Capitol, has served many functions. This program will explore the creation and many different uses of the Capitol Crypt over time.


Thursday, February 9 – Capitol Foundations and the People Who Built It

Join us to learn more about the Aquia Creek sandstone at the Capitol -- the techniques used to cut and ship the stonework, the immigrants and enslaved people who built the Capitol, and how Congress has recognized this difficult chapter in Capitol history.


Tuesday, February 14 – The First Generation of African Americans in Congress: 1869-1901

Following the Civil War, several African American men served in Congress. This program will profile their lives and legacies.


Wednesday, February 15 – Frederick Douglass

Join us to learn more about the life of Frederick Douglass, and his championing of civil rights.


Thursday, February 16 – President Garfield in Capitol Art

James Garfield is depicted in several pieces of art in the Capitol. Learn more about these commemorations of the 20th president and former member of Congress.


Tuesday, February 21 – The Spanish American War

In 1898, Congress declared war on Spain following the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana. A number of heroes emerged in this conflict, which is depicted in the “Frieze of American History” in the Rotunda. Join us to learn about some of the Americans who served.


Wednesday, February 22 – George Washington and the Federal Capitol: Imprint and Reflection

Curator for the Architect of the Capitol Dr. Michele Cohen will consider the ways George Washington influenced the design of the Capitol and how he is reflected in its art.


Thursday, February 23 – John Quincy Adams and the Gag Rule

In 1836, the House of Representatives placed a gag rule on discussions of slavery. Join us to learn about one of the House's loudest voices for freedom, John Quincy Adams, who successfully advocated against the gag rule.


Tuesday, February 28 – Benjamin Banneker

This program will look at the life of a free man of color, Benjamin Banneker, who helped survey and lay out the boundary stones of Washington, D.C., and is depicted in Exhibition Hall.


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