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Wednesday marks the beginning of August, which means it is the start of our month of weekly lunchtime lectures that take place every Wednesday in August. The lectures are a nice break from the usual chaos of the day and will be covering a range of issues within Capitol history. Best of all they are all free and open to the public so come on down and join us!

Starting things off for us this week is Dr. John McCavitt, Visiting Research Fellow, School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr. McCavitt, a native and resident of Northern Ireland, will deliver his lecture titled, Major General Robert Ross and the Burning of the Capitol, which not surprisingly focuses on Major General Ross, who hailed from the same small town in North Ireland as McCavitt, and his capture of Washington, DC and the subsequent burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812. The fun begins at noon at the offices of Express Scripts at 300 New Jersey Ave. NW, Suite 600.

Next up, on Wednesday, August 8th, we have Charles Johnson, the former House parliamentarian who will be speaking from 12:30-1:30pm in room 122 of the Cannon House Office Building, on his experiences in that role and how the procedures of the House have changed over the last fifty years. The following week, on Wednesday, August 15th, the Curator of the Capitol, Barbara Wolanin, will be on hand to deliver a lecture about the recent Brumidi restoration, as well as the revitalization of Brumidi’s reputation that culminated in the Congressional Gold Medal that was just recently awarded posthumously to him. That lecture will also take place in Cannon 122, but will begin at noon.

Rounding things out for the month are Senate Historian Don Ritchie on Wednesday, August 22nd, and our own Don Kennon, V.P. of Scholarship and Education, on Wednesday, August 29th. Dr. Ritchie will be delivering his lecture titled, The Senate Since the Sixties: The Transformation of a Traditional Institution, which will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building in SR-188 at noon on the 22nd, while Dr. Kennon will be speaking about our 50th anniversary here at the Society with his lecture, Fred Schwengel and the Founding of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in 1962, taking place at noon on the 29th here at the VFW building on the corner of 2nd and Maryland Ave. NE.

If you are interested in attending one or all of our lectures–and we hope you are–please contact us with any questions and to RSVP at uschs@uschs.org or by calling (202) 543-8919 x38. Again, these lectures are free and open to the public. Be sure to visit our website for more information about these and other Society events, as well as membership information.