This site provides access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help students learn about the foundations of the federal government.
Dirksen Congressional Center
For 35 years, The Dirksen Congressional Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, has provided funding and programs for teachers and scholars whose work enhances the public’s understanding of Congress. Among these programs are research and special project grants totaling over $1,500,000; 4,000 feet of archival collections related to Congress; and a Web suite offering unique historical materials and related educational content to more than two million visitors each year.
The Center has posted more than 200 digitized versions of editorial cartoons in its collections on this site together with related lesson plans.
This site demonstrates,through a self-paced, interactive approach, how editorial cartoonists depict Congress.
The Congressional Timeline, developed and maintained by The Dirksen Congressional Center, arrays more than 900 of the nation’s laws on a timeline beginning with the first Congress in 1789 and continuing to the present. A second timeline “band” depicts major political events as context for Congress’s law-making.