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signs for the House and Senate commemorative postage stamps and

the Congressional Bicentennial Coins.

The Congress: The History and Promise of Representative

Government.

(March 13, 1989).

A film produced in cooperation

with the Office for the Bicentennial and the Senate Historical Of

fice by the award winning film maker Ken Burns.

This 90-minute

documentary was funded by Ameritech and produced by Ken Burns and

WETA public television.

The gala premier of the film was held at

the National Theater on March 13, 1989.

A week later it was

broadcast over most of the PBS stations across the country.

Sub

sequently it has been widely distributed to schools.

In addition

to promoting the film and planning for its premier, the Office for

the Bicentennial worked closely with the writers and film crew and

participated in the creation of teachers guides and classroom

material supporting the film.

First Day of Issue Ceremony for the House of Representatives

Bicentennial Postage Stamp. (April 4, 1989).

The Office for the

Bicentennial and the Postmaster of the House coordinated and

helped plan a ceremony conducted by the U.S. Postal Service on the

occasion of the First Day of Issue of the House commemorative

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stamp, which featured the "Car of History" statue in Statuary

Hall, the old House Chamber.

The ceremony was held in Statuary

Hall, beneath the "Car of History." A First Day of Issue cancella

tion station provided Members, staff, and the public with an opportunity to mark this event with a permanent souvenir of the

House bicentennial.

Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Wash

ington. ( New York City, April 30, 1989).

The Office for the

B. entennial was charged with coordinating and planning for con

gressional participation in the New York City events on the steps

of Federal Hall, the site of the home of the First Congress and

the place where George Washington's inauguration was held.

The

congressional delegation joined the President of the United

States, cabinet officers, New York City and State leaders, and na

tional, state, and city bicentennial officials for the day-long

events, including a church service in historic St. Paul's Chapel,

where George Washington attended services on the day of his in

auguration, an address by President Bush, remarks by Congresswoman

Lindy Boggs, representing the House of Representatives and Senator

Daniel Moynihan, representing the Senate, and a bicentennial pro

cession up Broadway.

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First Strike Ceremony for Congressional Bicentennial Coins.

(June 14, 1989).

For the first time in the history of the United

States Mint, coins were struck outside a Mint facility on Flag

Day, 1989.

The ceremony was held in a specially constructed tent

on the East Front of the Capitol.

Coin presses from the U.S. Mint

in Philadelphia were brought to the Capitol for the event.

Mem

bers of Congress participated in the ceremony and actually struck

coins.

A number of Members participated in a Mint program to have

their specially struck coins donated to appropriate institutions

in their states or districts., Proceeds from the Mint surcharges

of the three-coin sets ($5 gold, Silver Dollar, and Half Dollar)

will go to the U.S. Capitol Preservation Commission, established

by Congress to help restore and enhance the historical features of

the Capitol Building.

The Office for the Bicentennial partici

pated in the overall planning of the event and coordinated congressional participation with Mint officials. Earlier, the His

torian was one of those who testified before the House Sub

committee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage on behalf of the bill

calling for the minting of the congressional coins.

The Office

acted in an advisory capacity with the Mint and the official

designees in Congress charged with selecting the coin designs.

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Gala Fund Raising Dinner for the U.S. Capitol Preservation

Commission.

(June 20, 1989).

The Office for the Bicentennial

coordinated this event with Senate planners and the private sec

tor, and worked closely with the writers and musicians who created

a special musical tribute to Congress, that was both historically

accurate and entertaining, called "Phantoms of the Capitol," which

interpreted the history of Congress in song and dance in the style

of a Broadway musical.

Additional Activities of the
Office for the Bicentennial

During the six years the Office has been in operation, the

Historian and his staff have on many occasions performed histori

cal reference services for Members, the press, and the public.

The Historian, the Associate Historian,

and the Assistant Histori

an have lectured on the history of the House to groups of con

stituents at the request of Members.

The Office has provided Mem

bers with historical materials for speeches related to the

bicentennial of the House.

They have also spoken to school

groups, the Page School, and conducted seminars in House history

for the Guide Service.

The Office has served as a clearing house

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for historical information for the public and the press, advised

scholars working on the history of the House, and conducted tours of the Capitol for foreign dignitaries at the request of the House

leadership and the Commission on the U.S. House of Representatives

Bicentenary.

The Office has been particularly active in promoting better

standards for preservation of and access to the records of the

House, both its official records and the personal records of Mem

bers. The Historian has testified before the Subcommittee on Rules

of the House regarding access to committee records of the House.

The Assistant Historian, an archival expert, has developed con

tacts nationally with archivists who specialize in the management

of congressional collections.

The Historian has given numerous

speeches before historical societies, archival groups, and

scholars on the need to preserve the documentary heritage of this

nation.

The Office has pioneered the development of electronic in

formation on the history of the House.

The Biographical Directory

of the United States Congress will soon be available to all Mem

bers' offices and to researchers with access to the Library of

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