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The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government
June 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
On June 8, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society will host a book talk with Fergus Bordewich, author of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. Bordewich will speak at noon at 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. The talk is free and open to the public, though pre-registration through uschs.org is requested. Books will be available for purchase.
In The First Congress, Bordewich tells the little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in US history, the First Federal Congress of 1789-1791. Bordewich argues that this first Congress was the most important in America’s history because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed, as many at the time feared it would, it is possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today.
Starting in late July, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society will also host its annual brown bag lecture series on a variety of topics. Visit uschs.org to see details as soon as they are available.
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol, its institutions, and the people who have served therein.