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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Friday, November 19 – Congress, National Parks & Native American History
America's 423 national parks protect more than just beautiful landscapes and historic houses. Learn why Congress chose to preserve sites that are significant in Indigenous history.
Monday, November 22 – The Wampanoag
Learn about the history and culture of the Wampanoag, who lived in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for thousands of years before European settlers came to North American shores.
Tuesday, November 23 – The Colonization of New England
We will discuss the first settlers' encounters with the Indigenous peoples of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the impact of the colonists' arrival.
Wednesday, November 24 – Thanksgiving
Learn about the origins and evolution of Thanksgiving in the United States.
Thursday, November 25 – There will not be a Capitol Conversation today.
Friday, November 26 – There will not be a Capitol Conversation today.
Monday, November 29 – William Penn and the Lenape
William Penn’s 1682 treaty with the Lenape in Pennsylvania was immortalized in 1827 with a relief in the Capitol Rotunda. What was the impact of this treaty?
Tuesday, November 30 – Native Americans in Congress
Learn about Native Americans who have served in Congress.
Wednesday, December 1 – The Rotunda Benches
Architect of the Capitol Senior Museum Curator Jennifer Blancato joins Capitol Conversations to discuss the benches of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. What is their history? What research and analysis guided their restoration? What methods and practices ensure their future?
Thursday, December 2 – An Interview with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society
Founded in 1962, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society was officially chartered by Congress in 1978 to "study and interpret to the public the rich heritage of the Capitol building and the United States Congress." President & CEO Jane Campbell and Chief Guide Steve Livengood join Capitol Conversations to discuss their work telling the story of Congress and the U.S. Capitol.
Friday, December 3 – Unheralded Members of Congress
More than 12,000 men and women have served in the U.S. Congress. Learn about some of the less well-known members of Congress and their impact on the building and the institution.