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    Dutch and English Influence on the Constitution

    Mau VanDuren talked about his book Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison’s Search for a More Perfect Union, in which heargues that American constitutional values, such as freedom…

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    Evolution of the Joint Committee on Taxation

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Joint Committee on Taxation, tax experts discuss the evolution of the committee over the past 50 years, including the legislative process, the…

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    History of the Joint Committee on Taxation

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Joint Committee on Taxation, tax experts talked about the history of the committee over the past 50 years, including the legislative process, the…

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    Senator Blanche K. Bruce

    Speakers talked about Senator Blanche K. Bruce in honor of African-American History Month. Senator Blanche K. Bruce (R-MS) was the second African-American member of the U.S. Senate and…

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    Grant Memorial

    Michele Cohen provided an overview of the Grant Memorial, including its site, the artist who created it, the current conservation project, as well as a discussion of the Grant Memorial…

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    Constantino Brumidi and Justin Morrill

    Barbara Wolanin talked about her visit to the Justin Morrill Homestead in Vermont, her new understanding of the depth of the friendship between Constantino Brumidi and Senator Justin…

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    Albert Gallatin and the Treaty of Ghent

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin, Treasury Secretary from 1801-1814 and a member of the commission that negotiated the Treaty of Ghent. He spoke about the War of 1812 and the…

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    Art Conservation in the U.S. Capitol

    Christy Cunningham-Adams talked about the process of restoring original paint and paintings in the Capitol after years of over-painting and improper cleaning. She also described best…

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    Images of George Washington

    Debra Hanson spoke about the various images of George Washington in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. She spoke about how the placement, style, and narrative content of the images work…

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    History of the House Ways and Means Committee

    House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and political commentator Cokie Roberts delivered remarks at a program celebrating the history of…

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    Legacy of Henry Wirz

    Michael Vorenberg talked about the legacy of Confederate Captain Henry Wirz, who was in charge of the Andersonville Prison Camp from March 1864 to his arrest in May 1865 for war…

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    Congress and Civil War Peace Terms

    Gregory Downs talked about the role of Congress following the end of the Civil War. Professor downs said that when Congress met in December of 1865, occupation of the South,…

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    Congress and the End of Slavery

    Virginia Tech history professor Peter Wallensetin talked about the reconvening of Congress following the Civil War and how it attempted to address the end of slavery.…

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    Freedmen, Poverty, and Reconstruction

    Carole Emberton talked about the pervasion of poverty among freed slaves during Reconstruction. She described the government’s attempt to provide aid by establishing the…

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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, Anniversary Dinner

    William Allman and William Seale talked about the facts and stories surrounding the British burning of the White House. White House curator William Allman told the story of the…

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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg

    Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg spoke at a symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., in August 1814. “American Under…

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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, William Seale

    William Seale spoke at a symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., in August 1814. “American Under Fire:…

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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, Pamela Scott

    Pamela Scott spoke at a symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., in August 1814. “American Under Fire:…

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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, Kenneth Bowling

    Kenneth Bowling spoke at a symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., in August 1814. “American Under Fire:…

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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, Ralph Eshelman

    Ralph Eshelman spoke at a symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., in August 1814. “American Under Fire:…

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