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A Capitol Experience: The History of U.S. Capitol Pages and their Unique Bond with the U.S. Capitol.
March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
US Capitol Historical Society
Marcie Sims—March 7, 2018— A Capitol Experience: The History of U.S. Capitol Pages and their Unique Bond with the U.S. Capitol. In Capitol Hill Pages: Young Witnesses, to be published February of 2018, Marcie Sims will share insights and revelations about the history of Capitol Pages and their unique place in the history of Congress and their special bond with the Capitol itself. Gleaming from her own experience as a Senate Page in 1979 and from the two years of research and interviews she conducted writing her upcoming publication, Capitol Hill Pages: Young Witnesses to 200 Years of History, she will discuss how the Capitol Page System has mirrored the values of the American people and government, and of our history itself, over the years, including the correlation between legislation and page appointments (such as the first African American pages in the 1950s and the first female pages in the 1970s and the pages who were in the Capitol on 9/11 and their role then. Finally, she will discuss how these young political ambassadors are profoundly changed by their page service–and how they have a positive effect on Congress too— and will share some excerpts from interviews of prominent former House and Senate Pages about how serving as a page affected their intellectual and professional development in a meaningful way
Sims is a tenured professor of English, Literature, Film, and Gender Studies at Green River College in the Seattle area. She is the author of Capitol Hill Pages: Young Witnesses to 200 Years of History published by McFarland (Feb 2018) and of two college composition textbooks through Pearson, The Write Stuff: Thinking Through Essays and The Write Stuff: Thinking Through Paragraphs (2009 and now in 3rd edition), and she has published works of fiction and poetry in various journals and online mediums. She lives in Seattle, Washington. This talk will be held at a Capitol Hill location. Check our website, USCHS.org, for updates or to pre-register.