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The Candy Desk

Posted by Sharon Gang on June 30, 2015

The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.

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Capitol Rotunda Restoration

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 26, 2015

Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.

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History with a Side of Mystery: the Rotunda Benches

Posted by Sharon Gang on June 4, 2015

Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.

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Doing Good: Investing in the Next Generation

Posted by Erin Nelson on May 13, 2015

The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.

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AOC's TLC Keeps Historic Furniture Looking New

Posted by Sharon Gang on May 5, 2015

Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch employee.
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on attention to help blend vintage and new into a cohesive collection.

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Restoring Grant's Glory

Posted by Laura Condeluci on April 27, 2015

Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.

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