Professional Enrichment

professional enrichment

Teacher Workshops:



Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LEGENDS, FOLKLORE AND MYTHS have often been infused into our historical narratives and understanding of important American events, and sometimes become indiscernible from the actual history.

The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes teachers to explore historic American myths – from across the nation, the Washington, D.C., region, and inside the U.S. Capitol building. Join us as we experience the Capitol while taking a deeper look at the myths and legends that have found their way into popular memory.

Come learn where some of the myths originated, how they have been perpetuated over time, and what role they play in our national narrative.

  • Teachers will participate in classroom activities featuring guest speaker Christine Blackerby, Exhibits Curator for the Capitol Visitor Center.
  • Experience a legendary tour of the Capitol with highlights presented by Senate Historian Betty Koed.
  • Curriculum connections will be established through Civics, Government, and U.S. History, which will include National Learning Standards for teachers to use back in their classrooms.
  • Participants will have the opportunity for professional development by receiving Professional Learning Units.

Please click here to register. For more program details, please download the Teacher Workshop flyer.

Previous Teacher Workshops:

Greece, Rome, America: Ancient Symbols for the New Republic

Friday, July 20, 2018

This summer, the Capitol Visitor Center is pleased to offer a teacher workshop that focuses on the influence of ancient Greece and Rome on the development of American democracy and the building of the U.S. Capitol.

Teachers will explore images of ancient architecture, see the impact of this architecture in the Capitol, and view artwork that connects the Capitol to Greece and Rome.

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Congress and Time

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Join the Capitol Visitor Center educators for an engaging workshop on Congress and Time. What is the role of time in American history? What has Congress done through our history to regulate time and why was that important to the developing country and to America today?

For information and resources related to Congress and time, please email