Capitol Conversations

WEDNESDAYS AT 2 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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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 – Honoring Prisoners of War & Those Missing in Action

Congress has found several ways to honor military personnel who have been held as prisoners of war or gone missing in action. This program will highlight the POW Chair in the Capitol Visitor Center and the POW/MIA Flag in the Rotunda.


Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Congress & Arlington National Cemetery

Learn about the creation of Arlington National Cemetery and how Congress has worked to honor the men and women who have fought for the United States.


Wednesday, June 7, 2023 – Congress and the War of 1812: Art and History in the U.S. Capitol

In June 1812, Congress declared war on England. This conflict created defining moments for a young country. Learn more about the war and its commemoration in the U.S. Capitol.


Wednesday, June 14, 2023 – National Holidays: Flag Day

Congress has created many federal holidays celebrating different people and events in American history. Learn about one of June's holidays, Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States.


Wednesday, June 21, 2023 – The Grant Memorial: Restoration of a National Treasure

Curator for the Architect of the Capitol Dr. Michele Cohen will provide an overview of the memorial's recent conservation.


Wednesday, June 28, 2023 – Lying-in-State: The Beginning of a Capitol Tradition

Henry Clay was the first person to lie in state in the Rotunda. Learn more about this ceremony and the establishment of a solemn tradition at the Capitol.


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