WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Office of the House Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives is sponsoring the 2008 House Fellows Program, a one-week institute on the history and practices of the House.

One high school teacher of American history and government will be selected from the 27th congressional district to participate in the Capitol Hill program July 28 through Aug. 1.

"I am pleased that a teacher from South Texas will be selected to participate in this unique program," said U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz. "The teacher will experience the House firsthand and then return to share insights with students, fellow teachers and administrators."

Open to public, private, and parochial secondary school instructors, the program will take place during a week when the House is in session and voting on key bills.

Fellows will have the opportunity to meet their congressman and participate in insider briefings by the Office of the Historian, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.

During the school year following their participation in the House Fellows Program, each fellow will have the responsibility to present their experiences and lesson plans to at least one in-service institute for other teachers of history and government.

Applicants must be employed by a public, private or parochial school in the 27th congressional district; teach or supervise high school level American history or government; submit a resume and letter of intent stating their desire to participate; provide a single-page proposal for a possible lesson plan topic relevant to the history and practice of the House or congressional districts.

Applications can be sent via Fax at (202) 226-2931, by e-mail at historian@mail.house.gov, or mail by April 1 to the Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives, B-56 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515.

The Office of the Historian, whose mission is to preserve and present the history of the House of Representatives, will notify recipients by April 18. Fellows will receive all lodging and meal expenses during the week, although participants are responsible for all personal travel expenses.

For further information, contact program coordinator Michael Cronin at the Historian's Office at (202) 226-5525.