Legislative pages are easily recognizable in their green blazers as they buzz around the capitol delivering messages. Pages have worked in the capitol since the 19th century, when adults were hired to fill the role. Early in the 20th century, students began applying for the positions.
This year close to 100 young people applied for 30 openings. They rotate in groups of ten for 6 weeks each. We sat down and talked with some of the new recruits about why they became pages and what their experiences have been like this first week.
VPR’s Sarah Ashworth produced that audio postcard.