The Ashbrook Centered administered the Congressional Academies during the summers of 2008-2011 through a grant from the US Department of Education.
From the heated debating floor of Independence Hall, to the bloodied fields of Gettysburg and the empowering steps of the Lincoln Memorial, American history is far more than just dates and speeches. The Congressional Academy for American History and Civics took students on an exploration of the American experience with a careful study of three of America’s most critical eras through the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
One hundred twelve high-school juniors from all fifty states and the District of Columbia were selected to participate in the Congressional Academy in Washington, DC. They spent their time in three daily lectures and engaging in discussions with smaller groups of 28 students twice a day along with day trips to Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.