About the Alumni Association
The U.S. Capitol Alumni Association is an organization of former House, Senate and Supreme Court Pages who lived, worked, and studied on Capitol Hill during some or all of their high school years. It was formed in 2008 by a group of former Pages as an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the goal of connecting all who have shared this unique high school experience.
A formal Page Program has existed at different times in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and Supreme Court. Although at times students from all three institutions studied at the same Capitol Page School in the Library of Congress, each institution maintained its own customs and traditions.
Since the Association’s founding, volunteers have compiled a list of former Pages that now includes more than 11,000 individuals who served across all three institutions. This list represents eight decades of Pages, from the oldest known living Page, who graduated in 1936, to the most recent Senate Pages, who just completed their junior year of high school.
We invite you to send us your current contact information. There is a chance we have not yet “found” you.
In August 2011, the House of Representatives shuttered its Page Program, ending an unbroken tradition that spanned more than 200 years. As a result, the Alumni Association broadened its purpose beyond hosting alumni events and connecting former Pages. The Association is now also working to preserve and promote the unique history of the Page experience and advocate for continued opportunities for civic education for America’s youth.
Here are some examples of how the Association is pursuing its goals:
- Connecting Pages across generations: As a member of the Association, alumni are encouraged to search the online directory for their former classmates, alumni who work in a given profession or who live in the same region.
- Hosting alumni events across the country: Since 2008, the Association has hosted national and regional alumni gatherings in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Boston. On May 26-28, 2012, the Association held the inaugural Page Alumni Homecoming in Washington DC. More than 400 pages and their families attended. The Association is currently planning a Page Homecoming on Memorial Day 2016 weekend in Washington, DC. Mark your calendars now!
- Fostering a sense of civic responsibility: Former Pages share a common experience that is rooted in civic involvement. We all saw democracy at work — for better or worse — through the lens of youthful idealism. Perhaps inspired by our tenure in Washington, alumni have overwhelmingly gone on to participate in public or social service.
- Mentoring opportunities: Our membership represents decades of life experience in a wide range of professions. The Association strives to facilitate mentoring opportunities among alumni and we are currently developing a program by which alumni can volunteer to be contacted by other alumni regarding their career or field.
- Preserving and sharing our unique history: Through our website, newsletter and local events, we facilitate opportunities for former Pages to share and reflect on our experiences.