U.S. Capitol Historical Society Expands Educational Initiatives to Strengthen Civic Engagement Nationwide

At the heart of every great nation is its history, and behind every informed citizen, there’s an educator. The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is taking a necessary step towards the digital era, bringing the rich history of the Capitol and Congress into every classroom.  

This two-year project will digitize and improve public access to valuable resources and original documents on our We the People Constitution Hub. We are excited for this new opportunity to inspire a deeper civic awareness of Congress and its role in shaping the nation’s history. 

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What's New

  • We’re creating high-quality lesson plans on important topics such as the Electoral College, Congressional leaders throughout history, Women’s Suffrage, and more. Our mission is to make this content user-friendly and engaging, helping USCHS connect with teachers, middle-grade and high school students, and community, civic, and educational organizations throughout the U.S. 
  • In an exciting partnership with StoryWorks Theater, we are proudly developing a new play on the Electoral College as part of our Teaching Constitution Through Theater series. This production brings historically accurate events to life incorporating storytelling and the performing arts to deepen public understanding of significant moments in American history and government. 
  • We’re teaming up with teachers, presidential and state libraries, and Members of Congress to organize hands-on workshops and Virtual Teacher Institutes designed to engage and inspire teachers nationwide.  
  • As part of our commitment to accessibility, our We the People Digital Resource Hub is getting a major upgrade to ensure teachers and students have an interactive and engaging digital experience.  


Join Us on This Journey 

The Capitol History and Civics Digital Resource Development Project represents a significant milestone in USCHS’s ongoing commitment to preserving and sharing the history of the U.S. Capitol and Congress with people across the United States. We look forward to completing this project and witnessing its positive impact on civic education nationwide. 

We invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Whether through grants, memberships, donations, or simply sharing our work, your support is vital to our success. 

Help us reach more teachers by sharing our one-page informational flyer with any educators you know. Please download the informational flyer here.

Contact Us!

Eric Denyer, Education Specialist  edenyer@uschs.org; 202-543-8919 ext. 22

We the People Team – wethepeople@uschs.org

Janna Deitz, Ph.D., Senior Advisor and Project Director jdeitz@uschs.org