The U.S. Capitol Historical is extending our new weekly online series through June! “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. These conversations bring a bit of the Capitol and its neighborhood to you, wherever you may be.
The event is free and open to the public. You must register to attend this Zoom webinar, though you do not need a Zoom account to attend.
- JUNE 4: Q&A Day! | Steve and Jane will address at least one cliffhanger from previous sessions, answer questions saved from earlier webinars, and take your new questions about the Capitol and related topics.
- JUNE 11: History All Around Us, Part 5 | 1st, A, and East Capitol Streets NE–including Horatio Greenough’s statue of George Washington
- JUNE 18: History All Around Us, Part 6 | North Capitol Street NE and NW and the Washington Houses–including Boss Shepherd and leveling the streets
- JUNE 25: History All Around Us, Part 7 | 1st Street, Independence Avenue SE
History All Around Us Series: Every corner on Capitol Hill has stories, and Livengood loves to tell them! Campbell will interview Livengood about a street intersection or block near the Capitol. 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!
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.