Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Capitol Page Alumni Association?
- Why a Page Alumni Association?
- Why is it named Capitol Page Alumni Association?
- How do I know if I’m a Capitol Page Alumni?
- What is different about this page alumni website?
- How do I become a member of the Association?
- What does my $50 membership due pay for?
- How is the Association run and operated?
What is the Capitol Page Alumni Association?
The USCPAA is a non-partisan, tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS and chartered in the District of Columbia. It was founded in 2008 by a group of former pages and continues to operate thanks to volunteers and alumni donations.
The Association has no affiliation with the U.S. Congress or either of the current page programs administered by the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. If you are interested in learning more about the page programs, please visit these informational websites: House Page Program or Senate Page Program
Why a Page Alumni Association?
The first page boys (yes, they were all boys) served in the Senate in the 1820s, which makes the tradition of paging older than most private prep academies in the United States. A cursory online search reveals that there is an alumni association serving graduates of almost every private prep high school in the country. Yet it was only two years ago that a formal association was formed to serve all those who once worked as pages in the House, Senate, and Supreme Court.
In a 2008 online survey of page alumni conducted by consultants working with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 75% of respondents expressed interest in belonging to an alumni association for pages. Alumni of all ages are interested in reconnecting. 3,500 alumni are now listed in the Association’s alumni directory. We predict that there are over 6,000 former pages in total.
Why is it Named Capitol Page Alumni Association?
The name of the alumni association reflects the rich history of the page programs and acknowledges the evolution of the paging experience. Prior to 1983, all pages attended one high school located in the Library of Congress. The Capitol Page School – or CPS – served House, Senate, and Supreme Court pages. Pages who attended the CPS had the opportunity to serve all four years of high school, and many of them received their high school diploma from CPS.
In the 1980s, the program was split into two separate programs. For a time, House and Senate pages continued to study together, but today those pages appointed by their senator attended school at Webster Hall, several blocks from the House Page School in the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. Since the early 1990s, House pages and Senate pages have had distinct experiences and rarely have been acquainted with one another.
And so, the name of the association was carefully chosen to encompass all of these experiences. Most younger page alumni refer to themselves as ‘house pages’, ‘senate pages’, or simply ‘congressional pages’. They say that they attended the “House Page School” or “Senate Page School”, whereas older page alumni often talk of the Capitol Page School or CPS alumni.
The “U.S. Capitol Page Alumni Association” is broad enough to include all of these.
How do I know if I’m a Capitol Page Alumni?
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re a capitol page alumnus under our definition. We define a page alumnus as anyone who has been a page during high school years in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, or U.S. Supreme Court.
Because the page experience has evolved and changed so much over the years, we include in our definition “pages” who served in Congress but didn’t necessarily attend high school in Washington, DC.
For example, each year dozens of Summer pages serve for one or two months but don’t attend class. We consider them to be pages. Similarly, prior to the 1970s, several high school students performed various functions in the Congress but did not attend the Capitol Page School. We also consider them pages.
However, this association does not serve those who served as pages in their state governments.
I’ve Seen Other Websites for Pages. What is Different About This One?
By Googling “House Page Alumni” or “Congressional Page Alumni,” you are bound to discover a handful of websites. Many page alumni websites were founded as a way to help organize a particular class reunion. Other websites serve house pages only.
CapitolPageAlumni.org is distinct in several ways:
- This website serves all page alumni who were high school pages in Washington, DC. See the section above for details about who this includes.
- This website represents the USCPAA, which is a nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS and governed by a Board of Directors, made up of alumni from a wide range of class years.
- At its core, this website provides to its members a comprehensive online alumni directory of over 5,000 people. The directory is available only to fellow page alumni who have been assigned a password. The directory allows alumni to search for lost classmates or other alumni from different class years.
- This website is also a central location to find and share information about upcoming events and reunions for all class years.
How do I Become a Member of the Association?
There’s a good chance that you learned about this website because you have received an email update from us. If that’s the case, you are already in our online alumni directory database. To become a member, however, click on the “Join Now” button from the home page. Follow the directions and to become a paid member we ask for an annual dues of $50.
What does my $50 Membership Due Pay for?
The association operates completely with the membership dues and donations of alumni. There are no paid staff, so expenses are kept to a minimum, but there are still many costs of maintaining an alumni association. This includes monthly website maintenance, research costs to locate “lost” alumni, hosting alumni events, maintaining the database, and postage costs, to name a few.
Donations above and beyond the $50 go into a fund that will feed future scholarships for current pages and other philanthropic goals.
How is the Association Run?
The USCPAA is governed by a Board of Directors, which is composed entirely of alumni. Board members serve for two-year terms and are expected to participate in monthly phone conference meetings. Occasionally, the Board of Directors will meet in person in Washington, DC. In addition to regular meetings, the Directors volunteer with various tasks, such as maintaining the website, organizing alumni events, and helping to spread the word about the organization to other alums.