National Geographic : 1964 Jan
The Nation's Capitol Revealed as Never Before An introduction by SENATOR CARL HAYDEN of Arizona Honorary Chairman, United States Capitol Historical Society, veteran of 52 years in Congress, and a member of the National Geographic Society for 58 years TO ME THE CAPITOL of the United States is the most thrilling place in the world-the focal pointfor the wishes,the as pirations, the strength of 190 million Americans. As one who has been privileged to serve in this forum of the Nation's power for more than half a century-15 years in the House of Repre sentatives and 37 years in the Senate-I have often wished more Americans could know their Capitol as I have known it. Thus it is a particular satisfaction to me to introduce the 56-page article that follows, and to announce to the 31/2 million members of the National Geographic Society an important event in the annals of our Capi tol-publication of abeautiful new history and guidebook illustrated with the finest color photographs. Guidebook and article are closely related, for both owe their origin to the splendid cooperation afforded by the National Geo graphic Society to our United States Capitol Historical Society. This organization was founded in August, 1962, to "encourage in the most comprehensive and en lightened manner an understand ing by the people of the founding, growth, and significance of the Capitol of the United States...." Its officers and trustees include not only many Members of Congress, but also distinguished historians, educators, businessmen, and the President of the United States. Membership in the Capitol Society-which we hope will grow very large-is open to anyone willing to make a modest contribution. We were fortunate in enlisting at the outset the interest and support of the officers and trus tees of the National Geographic Society. As a public service, the National Geographic agreed to produce the book, much as it had helped the White House Historical Association produce an authentic guide to the White House a year ago. Dr. Melvin M. Payne, the National Geographic's Executive Vice President and Secretary, took an active role in our Capitol His torical Society and now serves as its Vice President. Some 30 Geographic staff mem bers contributed editorial, photo graphic, and publishing skills to the Capitol book, We, the People. Mrs. Lonnelle Aikman of the So ciety's Senior Editorial Staff wrote not only the article that follows but the entire text of the book. Sunset silhouettes the Capitol dome's lofty Statue of Freedom.