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About the Program

One hundred twelve students were selected to attend this two-week Academy in Washington, DC. All hotel, meal, and tour expenses were paid for by the U.S. Department of Education, and students received a stipend for travel to and from Washington, DC. Students also received three-hours of college credit for participating in the Academy.

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 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.

Two students from each state as well as the District of Columbia and ten others selected from the nation as a whole were selected along with four alternates.

This site is an archive for the Congressional Academies which ran from 2008-2011. No future Academies are planned at this time.

Documents & Texts

This Congressional Academy led high school seniors in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history memorialized by the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Ashbrook CenterThis Congressional Academy was administered by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University as a result of a 2007 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Ashbrook Center's mission is to teach the meaning and significance of America.