Thursday, June 23, from 12-1 pm ET

(Webinar) Our Voice as Americans:
Freedom of Speech, Petition, and Assembly

On June 23, we continue our series on the U.S. Constitution with the history of freedom of speech, petition, and assembly. During our final event about the First Amendment, we will examine how the Founders’ vision for our most important liberties translates to the present day. What does free speech mean in a world of social media and political partisanship? What makes America unique in our right to petition the government against grievances and abuse of power? What historical role has our right to protest played in shaping social discourse, government action, and law?
Our featured speaker for this important conversation is constitutional scholar and journalist, Linda R. Monk, J.D., a Harvard Law School graduate and former USCHS Board Member. Her book on the U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide, was awarded the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.

Like all U.S. Capitol Historical Society webinars, this event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Mary McLeod Bethune Symposium
(In-Person & Streamed)

Wednesday July 13, from 2-4 pm ET

On Wednesday, July 13, the U.S. Congress will accept and dedicate Florida’s new statue of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol Building. With the statue’s placement, Dr. Bethune will become the first African American and tenth woman to be so honored.

That afternoon, join the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and its partners – Bethune-Cookman University, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the National Council of Negro Women – for a scholarly symposium exploring the life and legacy of Dr. Bethune, an educator, activist, and stateswoman whose story matters as much today as ever before.

The symposium is free and open to the public by registration. This program is being presented in collaboration with the Office of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, and thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo.
Photo Credit: Eric Breitenbach, Better World Films, LLC

Mary McLeod Bethune Symposium

Supported by Wells Fargo

When: Wednesday, July 13, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Where: Livestream Link to Follow

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center:
First Street Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20515
(Webinar) Our Right to Bear Arms: A History of America's Most Debated Amendment

Thursday July 21, from 12-1 pm ET

Few deny the importance of the 2nd Amendment, either as a right or its impact on American society. But in the wake of two of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation's history, Americans have been forced to ask themselves: Is the 2nd Amendment absolute? And did the Founding Founders intend it to be?

On July 21, we continue our series on the U.S. Constitution by analyzing the history, politics, and laws affected by America's most debated Amendment. We'll discuss, among many topics, the Revolutionary War and Constitutional Convention, the gun reform framework being debated in the Senate, and the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on laws that restrict the public carry of firearms. We will also discuss the 3rd Amendment, which prohibits the forced quartering of troops.
Our featured speakers for this timely conversation are the Co-Directors of the Duke University Center for Firearms Law, Professors Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller. The mission of the Center is to support reliable, balanced, and insightful scholarship on firearms law. Blocher and Miller are the co-authors of The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the future of Heller. Their scholarship reveals the common misconceptions about the 2nd Amendment, including what it forbids, what it permits, how it functions as law, and how it distorts the gun debate and America's constitutional culture. 

Like all U.S. Capitol Historical Society webinars, this event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Three Branches Institute (Virtual)

August 2,3, & 4 from 2-4 p.m. ET each day

Are you an educator of U.S. history or civics and government in need of Professional Development hours? 

In collaboration with the White House Historical Association, the Supreme Court Historical Society, and the National Archives and Records Administration, the United States Capitol Historical Society is pleased to invite you to participate in the Three Branches Institute. 

At the Institute, you'll learn from each organization above about their respective branch of government. Discover new ideas for teaching about the three branches in your classroom, explore new resources, and network with fellow educators.  

The Institute will be held virtually, August 2-4, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT each day. 

Registration is FREE & open to all educators through July 17

** A certification of completion will be provided to each participant. 
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