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House Pages Through the Years

For nearly 200 years, Pages shuttled bills, delivered messages, and tracked down Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. When they weren’t combing the Capitol campus, they went to school and explored the city. Watch as former Pages describe their day-to-day experiences on Capitol Hill during the 20th century, including their living arrangements, their education, and their many responsibilities. Included in this documentary are interviews with Pages who broke color and gender barriers, and Pages from different eras, including one who served in 1932.

Learn more about House Pages in the online exhibition History of the House Page Program.

"The Big Draw"

James Johnson explains why he wanted to attend the Capitol Page School.

James Johnson, Page, U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded October 24, 2019 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)