Recent surveys reveal a woeful lack of historical education in the United States – and this is true even for DC students who live in a city with a wealth of learning opportunities. But many have never even visited the Capitol. The non-partisan (and non-governmental) US Capitol Historical Society is committed to turning things around. Programs focus on landmark legislation that has shaped the nation, the remarkable art and architecture of the Capitol, the cultural and ethnic diversity of Congress, and other topics that bring history and government alive. The "We the People" Constitution Tour helps eighth grade students understand their government and take pride in their city; Capitol Literacy activities, youth leadership forums, and traveling exhibits spark an early interest in government for elementary and secondary school students. The Society also works to make the Capitol more comprehensible to visitors from around the nation. Working closely with the National Archives, US Congress, the Library of Congress, and others, the Society will always stand up for historical literacy. You can stand with them.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide; Capitol Hill
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); All
Population(s) Served: All; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: We work with a variety of DC public and private schools.
Awards & Recognition
National Humanities Medal - 2004
Best Practices and Exemplary Achievements in Not-For-Profit Financial Management - USCHS’s Vice President of Finance was one of the ten finalists - 2006
Our "We the People Constitution Program" was listed as an approved "Short Cycle Assessment" by the D.C. Public School Office of Social Studies in its 8th grade pacing guide - 2008
USCHS's exterior tour of the Capitol was named "Best Specialized Tour of 2009" by Washingtonian Magazine - 2009
- The current budget for United States Capitol Historical Society is: $3 million or higher
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