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scribed below.

The exhibit was placed in the rotunda of the Can

non House Office Building and was on display during the month of

March 1989.

The Tides of Party Politics: Two Centuries of Congressional

Elections, 1789-1989.

This major exhibition, prepared by the Li

brary of Congress, opened on February 8, 1989, and ran through Au

gust 1989 in the foyer of the Madison Building.

It featured

detailed maps of the United States showing every congressional

district and the outcome of each congressional election in Amer

ican history.

It was based on the work of West Virginia Univer

sity scholar Kenneth Martis.

The Office for the Bicentennial en

couraged Dr. Martis to present his unique research in a major ex

hibit.

The Office also held meetings with the Library of Congress

to add this exhibition to their bicentennial agenda.

The Office

for the Bicentennial also was fortunate to receive the benefit of

Dr. Martis's scholarship on congressional elections for use in the

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791.

The Smithsonian In

stitution's National Portrait Gallery mounted a major exhibition

which was on display from March 2, 1989, to July 23, 1989.

The

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Office for the Bicentennial encouraged the production of this ex

hibit and worked with Smithsonian officials and staff and staff of

the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution to

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1989, in the Madison Building. It will be on view until February

18, 1990. Components of the exhibit will travel to thirty Amer

ican cities over the next two years.

A handsomely illustrated

catalog, written by Jim Hutson of the Library staff, accompanies

the exhibit, which is based on the extensive collections of the

Library of Congress.

The Office for the Bicentennial met with Li

brary officials and staff in 1987 to help launch the exhibit, provide support and encouragement, and develop themes for the exhibi

tion.

Symposia

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Harpers Ferry Conference on Congressional Papers.

July 31

August 2, 1985.

Sponsored by the National Historical Publications

and Records Commission and the Dirksen Congressional Center, the

three-day conference brought together nineteen historians, ar

chivists, and records administrators to discuss problems related

to the preservation and dissemination of information in the vast

and widely scattered papers of former Members of Congress.

The

House Historian participated in the conference, which resulted in

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bicentennial commissions, the Library of Congress, The Lyndon B.

Johnson Library, and the Everett Dirksen Congressional Center,

this two-day conference held at the Library of Congress and in the

Cannon and Russell Caucus Rooms, brought together more than 350

historians, political scientists, journalists, current and former

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Members of Congress, and the public to discuss a variety of ways

to enhance public understanding of Congress and to explore some of

the challenges and opportunities of congressional research.

The

House historian presented a paper on some of the problems associa

ted with the voluminous records of Congress. The proceedings of the conference are being edited for publication by the Library of

Congress.

Related Events and Ceremonies

The above mentioned publications and exhibits were occasions

of ceremonial presentations and openings involving Members of Con

gress, scholars, journalists, and the public.

In addition, the

Office for the Bicentennial planned and conducted other special

ceremonies and events.

Congressional Ceremony in Commemoration of the "Great Com

promise" in the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

(July 16,

1987).

For the 200th anniversary of the "Great Compromise" in the

Constitutional Convention that established the bicameral legisla

ture, more than 200 Members of the House and Senate journeyed to

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Philadelphia to take part in ceremonies at Independence National Historical Park at the site of the Federal Convention and the home

of Congress from 1790 to 1800.

The Office for the Bicentennial

was charged with a major role in planning this event and preparing

the historical materials used in the ceremonies.

The Office

worked closely with the officers of the House and Senate, the U.S.

Park Service, and officials of the City of Philadelphia, the U.S.

Army Bicentennial Office and others to coordinate the day long ac

tivities.

Special Joint Meeting of Congress in Commemoration of the

Bicentennial of the United States Congress. (March 2, 1989).

The

Office for the Bicentennial was charged with developing the pro

gram for the House and coordinating the event with the Senate His

torical Office. In addition to the remarks of the House and Senate leaders, the session included a poem written specially for

the occasion by the Poet Laureate of the United States, Howard

Nemerov, and an address by the distinguished historian David

McCullough.

The House Chamber was specially decorated for the oc

casion, and musical accompaniment was provided by the United

States Army Band and the Third United States Infantry Fife and

Drum Corps.

A feature of the ceremony was the unveiling of de

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