LaHood Scholarship Takes History Major Inside Washington

June 20, 2011

Katherine Childs, a history major with minors in women’s studies and political science, was awarded a Ray and Kathy LaHood Scholarship for the Study of American Government, which is sponsored by the Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University. Childs interned in the Capitol Complex for one month this summer. She sent the following report about her experience in Washington, D.C.:

I'm really sad that the internship is almost over but am so glad that I had the opportunity to partake in such an enriching life experience! I've learned a lot, and have had the opportunity to work with and meet a lot of amazing people.

One of my duties as an intern is to give tours of the Capitol building to constituents. It's really a lot of fun, and I like the fact that I have the ability to personalize my tours by choosing which artifacts around the Capitol Complex I would like to talk about with my group.

One particular statue in the Rotunda that I always point out is the Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. There is still a section of rough-hewn marble at the back of the statue. Apparently, that is because the artist wanted to show that the movement is still a work in progress. When a woman becomes president, her portrait will be carved into the remaining marble. I always enjoy seeing see little girls' faces light up when I tell them about this statue, and I have had several people say they get chills thinking about its significance.