Discover the rich heritage of “the People’s House” and its central role in U.S. history since 1789. Explore the House's unique story and the individuals who have shaped it. Browse collections, access historical data, view documents, and listen to interviews.

Whereas: Stories from the People’s House

June 23, 2022

New House Portrait: Patsy Takemoto Mink

Today, the House of Representatives unveiled a new portrait of Representative Patsy Mink. The first woman of color and first Asian-American woman elected to Congress, in 1964, Mink’s work led to significant changes in education in the United States, including Title IX of the Education Act of 1972.
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House Collection

How the House Works Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of How the House Works, an exhibition in the Cannon House Office Building Basement Rotunda. Historic artifacts and documents illuminate the surprisingly diverse work that keeps the House of Representatives running.
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About The Offices

This site is a collaborative project between the Office of the Historian and the Clerk of the House's Office of Art and Archives. The offices preserve, collect, and interpret the heritage of the U.S. House, serving as the institution’s memory and a resource for Members, staff, and the general public.