The U.S. Capitol Historical is inaugurating a weekly online series so that we can continue to bring you scintillating history, little-known details, and thought-provoking conversations during the current coronavirus-related shutdown. “Lunch Bites with Steve and Jane” will feature a new topic of conversation each Thursday at noon EDT. Steve Livengood, chief guide at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, will highlight topics from his tours and presentations in conversation with Jane Campbell, president and CEO of USCHS.
ON MAY 28: Every corner on Capitol Hill has stories, and Livengood loves to tell them! Campbell will interview Livengood about a street intersection near the Capitol: First Street NE at C Street and Constitution Avenue. This installment will include stories about the Carroll Arms Hotel, James Greenleaf’s house, the Monocle, and Buckner Thurston.
Based on the USCHS book, Creating Capitol Hill, Livengood will tell tales based on the location and show a few vintage photos from the book. He’ll even add some tales from his own experience and incidents from more recent times! Join us for “History All Around Us, Part 4”.
You must register to attend this Zoom webinar, though you do not need a Zoom account to attend.
Steve Livengood was fascinated by the U.S. Capitol even before he left his native Kansas and started volunteering in his congressman’s office as a college freshman in 1965. He began to learn about the building by giving tours to the visitors from his home district. After earning a B.A. in political science at the American University in Washington, DC, and after experiencing the risks of good citizenship in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Livengood became a Ph.D. candidate in Recent U.S. History at Emory University in Atlanta. His subsequent career has been as an association executive and public affairs consultant. In 1998, Livengood capped four years as an active volunteer tour guide in the U.S. Capitol by becoming coordinator of the volunteer programs of the United States Capitol Historical Society. He is now Chief Guide at USCHS. He leads VIP and specialized tours of the Capitol, trains staff guides and Society volunteers, and organizes promotional activities for Society programs.
Jane Campbell took on the leadership of the US Capitol Historical Society following her service in state, local and national politics in which she served as the first woman Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio which was the highlight of her 21 years in elected office. In 2009, following an appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School, Campbell responded to the call from Sen. Mary Landrieu to come to Washington as her chief of staff where she helped to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina and capture the penalty money from the BP oil spill for coastal restoration in the Gulf Coast states.