New Exhibit Delves Deep - Showcases Congressional Investigations
The Capitol Visitor Center’s new exhibit entitled "Congress Investigates," takes a look at Congress’ investigatory powers and how Congress has used them to gain information, develop public policy, conduct oversight and inform the public. Congress has investigated issues throughout its history via formal investigations and fact-finding inquiries with wide-ranging results, often significantly affecting the history of the United States.
In "Congress Investigates," visitors will explore the history of 18 investigations, from the very first investigation conducted by the House of Representatives in 1792 to investigations conducted in the 1980s. Topics include the Watergate investigation of the 1970s, the Pecora investigation of the 1929 stock market crash, comic books and juvenile delinquency in the 1950s, and the investigation into the 1912 Titanic disaster.
Baby boomers will be especially interested in items from the Watergate investigation. You’ll be able to see the address book belonging to Watergate burglar Bernard Barker – his entry of a White House phone number for “HH” was a critical piece of evidence that linked the break-in to President Richard Nixon’s re-election committee.
Exhibition Hall is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 for 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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