Interested in the inner workings of the United States government? Learn how US politics works (or not) on this three-hour Washington DC City Tour focusing on the political process and insider intrigue, led by a local historian or journalist. Together, we'll walk down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol, visiting places along the way significant to all three branches of government, including the Senate Buildings and Supreme Court. We'll also visit the lead-lined vaults of the National Archives and the Federal Trade Commission, the latter standing as a testament to consumer rights for some and the beginning of “big government” for others. Along the way, our guide will discuss key people, places, and events while considering the ways that Washington’s political, intellectual, and architectural landscapes have evolved over the last 200 years.
“We had a fantastic tour with [our guide]. We thoroughly enjoyed her insight and passion when talking to us during our historical and political tour of Washington.”
Politics Reflected in the Cityscape
Washington DC City Tour
Mary Jo moved to Washington, DC intending to stay two years and ended up living in the Washington area permanently. Living in the District fired her already deep interest in American history and after a successful career in journalism and public relations she earned a master’s degree in American history from George Mason University in 2003. Since then she has devoted herself to making American history accessible to popular audience using the resources of the District to tell America’s story. Her career as a historian includes stints as an editor at The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project and director of the oral history program at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial Foundation. She has also published numerous popular articles on African-American history, women’s history, the Civil War and World War II.
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