Save the Date! Upcoming History Programs

March 27: Annual Women’s History Month Lecture


The Woman Suffrage Statue: The Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony with Sandra Weber, U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellow

Sandra Weber will present an illustrated lecture about the Portrait Monument, which was created by sculptress Adelaide Johnson in 1920 to celebrate the federal enactment of woman’s suffrage and to symbolize the woman’s movement. Drawing upon research for her recent book, Sandra Weber will discuss the artist’s intentions, controversies, and hullabaloo regarding this neoclassical, yet unconventional, seven-ton work of art that sat in the Capitol Crypt for 76 years before being elevated to the Rotunda in 1997.



April 3: USS Olympia and the World War I Unknown Soldier


Lunchtime lecture by John Brady, president of the board of directors, Flagship Olympia Foundation

2021 is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Brady will share information about the USS Olympia‘s role in transporting the Unknown Soldier home from Europe and his subsequent lying in state at the U.S. Capitol prior to being buried at Arlington National Cemetery.



April 10:Choosing the Leader:  Leadership Elections in the House of Representatives


Book talk with Matthew Green, professor of politics at The Catholic University of America.

Party leaders in Congress wield considerable influence, but how are they actually chosen?  In the first study of its kind, Matthew Green and Doug Harris draw upon interviews and decades of archival data to explain how members of Congress decide whom to vote for in leadership elections. Learn more about their new book.

All lectures will take place from noon to 1pm. They will all be held at 200 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002 in Kethchum Hall.