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  • The Capitol  US Senate
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    The Capitol: U.S. Senate

    The history, art, and architecture of the U.S. Capitol from its opening in 1800 to the present were featured through taped segments on the various public and private spaces in the building, tours, and personal…

  • The Senate and the Political System
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    The Senate and the Political System

    Richard Baker provided historical perspective on the role of the Senate in the U.S. political system. He was the first Senate historian and retired after 35 years in 2009. Topics included…

  • Changes to Congress
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    Changes to Congress

    Panelists discussed “What Would the Founders Think of Congress Today?” at the Institute on Congress and American History’s week-long symposium for high school teachers on the teaching of history…

  • Rare Senate Ledger
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    Rare Senate Ledger

    Senate Historian Baker conducted a tour of the area in a sub-basement of the U.S. Capitol where a rare U.S. Senate Ledger, dated 1790-1881, was found. He was interviewed along with Senate…

  • Senate Facts
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    Senate Facts

    Mr. Baker talked about the makeup of the Senate after the recent election, the history of filibusters and cloture, and other historical Senate facts. He compared and contrasted the current…

  • Senate Party Leadership Yesterday and Today
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    Senate Party Leadership Yesterday and Today

    The panelists talked about the history of the U.S. Senate leadership, including the consequences of changes in party control. They told stories about many of the leaders and compared their…

  • Senate Reception Room
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    Senate Reception Room

    Mr. Baker described the history of the Senate Reception Room in the U.S. Capitol Building. He conducted a tour of the room and explained the origins of the portraits of outstanding senators…