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The Bicentennial of The
United States Congress, 1789-1989

To celebrate Congress Week 2015, The Dirksen Congressional Center has digitized the March 2, 1989, program “In Commemoration of The Bicentennial of The United States Congress, 1789-1989.”

House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel delivered remarks at the event. His reading copy is posted at
Bicentennial RHM.pdf

Dirksen Center Announces the End of CongressLink

In 1996, The Dirksen Congressional Center launched the first edition of its flagship Web site, CongressLink. It was a pioneering and award-winning effort to consolidate information about Congress into a single Web site for teachers of American government and civics.

In January 2015, however, The Center decided to take down CongressLink and a related site, About Government. Why? Today, other organizations, such as the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Senate and House of Representatives, have more robust Web sites and resources to serve teachers and the general public. Powerful search engines, such as Google, deliver more current and accurate information than either CongressLink or About Government.

We have decided to concentrate on developing Web content based on the unique, historical collections at The Center. You will now find links to these resources at The Dirksen Congressional Center’s homepage:

Research Grants Grants Overview

Dirksen Center Special Projects

Dirksen Center Special Projects is a series of multi-media projects rich in Web-based resources on a variety of topics from civil rights to editorial cartoons. We have posted them where it makes sense within our Web suite. But as the suite has grown, we suspect it has become more difficult to find these special projects.

To make them stand out, we have created the Dirksen Center Special Projects web page to host links to all our special projects listed below.